Final results from police blitz in North West

The final results of a two day police blitz in the North West suburbs show that police have made a… The final results of a two day police blitz in the North West suburbs show that police have made a significant dent on local crime with 54 people arrested.

On 19 and 20 May, police in Whittlesea and Darebin stepped out in high numbers to reduce vehicle related crime and residential burglaries.

The 54 arrests involving a range of offences including theft from motor vehicle, theft of motor vehicle, drug possession, criminal damage, handle stolen goods and drug and drink driving.

Twenty-two people were charged and bailed whilst five have been remanded in custody.

Superintendent Tim Hansen said police were committed to making Darebin and Whittlesea safer communities to live, visit and work.

“This operation is a great example of how we can disrupt crime at the roots,” Supt Hansen said.

“We know that proactive policing can detect and prevent crime before it occurs and we’ve seen an immediate drop in certain offence categories when compared with the same time last month.”

“This operation marks the commencement of a sustained effort by police to disrupt crime in our community,” Supt Hansen said.

“Whilst these operations will assist in preventing crime, police still need the community to help – by considering how attractive you’re making your vehicles and homes to criminals.

“In another recent operation, we found 15% of vehicles checked by police were unlocked or contained valuable possessions.

“Too frequently do we as a community enable criminal behaviour by not taking ownership of the issue and securing our property.”

The final results of Operation Influx included:

- 495 people spoken to

- Nearly 400 vehicles checked

- 118 penalty notices issued

- 66 intelligence reports created for further investigation

- Three search warrants executed seizing a stolen Mercedes Benz with false plates, drug paraphernalia, a large quantity of GHB, and stolen computers and tablets.

Danielle Fleeton

Senior Media Officer