Wanneroo Police have claimed the arrest of a 26-year-old Maddington man early this morning as proof of the success of Operation Sweep, an initiative aimed at curbing increasing metropolitan crime rates.
The man attempted to flee after being pulled over, before crashing his vehicle in the outer-northern suburb of Sinagra, police said.
Wanneroo Police Senior Sergeant Hazell said Operation Sweep involved “targeting hot-beds of criminal activity and extending patrol hours”.
“As a consequence, we’re coming across stuff we don’t usually find, like this,” he said.
Announcing the operation on August 12, Deputy Commissioner Stephen Brown said winter crime in the metropolitan area was up by 19.6 per cent across a range of categories compared to previous years.
“(The operation’s) objective is to focus on those people and places that are over-represented in crime reporting in metropolitan WA,” he said.
“The community will quickly notice a greater visible presence of not only your local police, but now heavily supported by detectives, the Regional Operations Group and other specialist areas.”
Sergeant Hazell claimed there had been “a 40 per cent reduction in reported burglaries” in the Wanneroo area from the previous week.
“So, in the short term, it appears to be working,” he said.
Wanneroo resident Carole Dalling said she had noticed an increase in police cars patrolling her street.
“(There has been) an increase in police turning on their sirens, which is a good thing,” she said.
“It keeps people in line, makes them drive safer.”
Operation Sweep will continue until November.