Cabramatta police crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Darren Newman said police will continue to work closely with retail outlets to ensure “preventative measures” are in place after it was revealed Fairfield followed the state trend with thefts from retail stores the only crime category to rise in the 24 months to June 2017.
The latest quarterly report from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) showed Fairfield –which includes Fairfield and Cabramatta commands – were either stable or falling in 16 of the 17 major crime categories.
Steal from retail store recorded a 39.1 per cent increase which police say is possibly the result of increased reporting of incidents and prosecutions.
Inspector Newman said one of the key messages they emphasise to retail outlets is to keep customers in view at all time and to engage a person if they are acting suspiciously.
“But never place yourself or staff in danger. If a person become violent, retreat and call 000,” he said. “Also we advise to install quality CCTV near registers and entry/exit points.”
Statewide there has been a 5.4 per cent increase in the category. It was one of only two categories in Fairfield that weren’t stable with the other being a 17.1 per cent decrease in malicious damage to property.