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Question Without Notice No. 6 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 February 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 11 February 2020

POLICE — CRIME PREVENTION — PILBARA

6. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to an article in the North West Telegraph from 29 January titled ''Pre-teen car theft spree leaves Newman at breaking point''.

(1) How many vehicles have been stolen each month in Newman from November 2019 through to January 2020?

(2) Of those thefts, how many were stolen by juvenile offenders?

(3) What extra police resources, if any, will be deployed to the Pilbara to prevent crime?

(4) Has the minister lobbied the Minister for Community Services to consider expanding Target 120 to Newman; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police. The Western Australia Police Force advises as follows.

(1)–(3) The number of stealing motor vehicle offences in Newman between November 2019 and January 2020 was five in November 2019, 17 in December 2019 and 24 in January 2020. The number of juvenile offenders processed for stealing motor vehicle offences that occurred from November 2019 to January 2020 was six in November 2019, 22 in December 2019 and seven in January 2020. Police monitor resources throughout the state and deploy as operationally required.

(4) The Minister for Police will continue to discuss Target 120 on a regular basis with the Minister for Community Services.

There is a note here that says statistics are provisional and subject to revision. ''Juvenile'' has been defined as aged between 10 and 17 years of age, inclusive, at the time the offence occurred. Figures for juvenile offenders are not distinct and may be counted multiple times if they have committed multiple offences.