Feedback Crime in Western Australia Western Australia is the largest single policing jurisdiction in the world. Policing within WA is diverse and complex and as a result the WA Police Force works with the community to help make our State a safe and secure place to live. We continually review our policing strategies to ensure we are meeting community expectations and enhancing the quality of life and well-being of all people in Western Australia. Statistics inform our understanding of contemporary crime issues and emerging trends.
We use them to assess the impact of our policing strategies and the allocation of resources. Accurate data paints a more meaningful crime picture for our operational police and policy makers and gives the public an insight into the criminal offending in their community.
While reports of non-family related assaults have declined in recent years, the WA Police Force has noticed what appears to be an increase in the level of violence associated with these assaults. The WA Police Force continues to focus on areas of high harm including entertainment precincts and works in partnership with local government authorities and licensees to keep these areas safe.
The WA Police Force urges everyone to be aware of their surroundings and where possible avoid putting themselves at risk. Family Violence Family violence is a serious issue which predominantly occurs in the home, impacting primarily on women and children. Family violence offences are usually reported to police by victims or third parties. The WA Police Force takes positive action against the perpetrators of family violence and provides support for the victims and their families.
While awareness has increased in recent years, family violence offences are still under-reported to police. Police encourage victims and witnesses to speak out and report incidents of family violence so perpetrators can be brought to account for their behaviours. Accurate data assists police in developing strategies to target and mitigate family violence.
Burglary Significant police resources are committed to investigating burglary offences in WA because of the significant impact they cause the community. The WA Police Force focuses on those offenders identified as recidivist repeat burglars. While properties are often damaged during a burglary, burglars often gain entry through open or unlocked doors and windows. The community can assist police by better securing their properties or businesses. Stealing By number, stealing is the largest of the volume crimes committed in WA.
Stealing offences occur throughout the community in public and private places. The WA Police Force uses crime data to identify the high volume hot spots e. Prevention is an important factor in driving down the prevalence of stealing. The community can support police by keeping their valuables secure, including not leaving them in unattended vehicles.
Retailers can also play their part by minimising the opportunity for offenders to shoplift. Illicit Drugs The prevalence of illicit drugs, particularly methamphetamine, is a significant issue for the West Australian community and law enforcement bodies. Drug users may display violent and aggressive behaviour when under the influence of drugs whilst drug addiction drives some users to steal, commit robberies and burglaries and arm themselves with weapons to fund their habit. Drug traffickers and manufacturers are simply motivated by the large profits from the sale of their products and show no remorse for the significant harm and damage they cause within communities.
The WA Police Force primarily targets the supply and manufacture of these illicit drugs and works collaboratively with its law enforcement partners to target organised criminals who import these commodities into the State.
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