Police check quarantined FIFOs and defective vehicles
LOCAL police are urging residents and visitors to remember that social distancing remains important in Toodyay as other states battle a big rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths, mainly among older people.
Toodyay’s aging population – 43 per cent of local residents are 55 or older – and the high virus-related death rate for Australians in that age group mean that local people and visitors should take particular care to avoid any unnecessary risk of spreading infection.Read more
According to the latest State Government advice, this means:
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work, don’t go to school, don’t go out (except to get tested) and don’t have visitors.
- Keep 1.5 metres away from others.
- Don’t make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
- Use tap-and-pay instead of cash.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue; if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.
We want to remind people about the vital need to maintain social distancing because this disease can flare up from nothing to a massive danger very quickly, as we have seen in Victoria and NSW.
Toodyay police are monitoring about 10 people locally – mainly fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers returned from interstate – who are observing the State Government’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at home.
Local officers are visiting them regularly to check they are OK and whether they need any help with food or other supplies.
We commend local people for doing the right thing, including isolating themselves from others at home during their 14-day quarantine period because a family member has been compromised.
We urge everyone – including weekend visitors – to take this very seriously for the safety of our community and to help protect our older residents from the increased risk of infection.
Rural thieves strike
A TRAILER worth $10,000 was stolen from the Cooperative Bulk Handling grain terminal in Bolgart last month.
Thieves cut a tow ball lock to steal the trailer, which was equipped with a mobile pressure hose washdown unit on the back.
The trailer was stolen overnight.
A burglar also struck in Bejoording last month when power tools, including an angle grinder, electric drill and other equipment, worth almost $5000 were stolen from an unlocked farm shed.
The thieves gained overnight access to the shed by walking onto the property from the road on July 6.
The owner is now increasing security but unfortunately too late to prevent the theft.
Criminals love a soft target and we urge all property owners to be more security conscious, particularly in relatively isolated rural areas.
Your call is important
ALSO, if you see anything that looks suspicious such as vehicles driven slowly past your property or strangers looking in for no apparent reason please let us know.
If you call the Toodyay Police Station and nobody is there, your call will be transferred automatically to Northam Police Station, where your information will be taken and forwarded to us.
Toodyay Police Station may be unattended when you call but that doesn’t mean local officers are not on duty.
Someone will be present on site Monday to Wednesday, and at other times we are often working on law enforcement business such as criminal inquiries, vehicle accidents, traffic patrols and Covid-19 home quarantine visits in various parts of our local police district.
We are here more often than not, and we need to know what’s going on even if your call doesn’t result in further police action.
It’s better to let us make that decision than not report something because you think it may not be important.
It could be linked to a crime we are already working on that needs more information to identify an offender, such as a vehicle licence plate caught on a street camera at the time of something you report.
Please call us at Toodyay Police Station on 9574 9555 or Crime Stoppers WA on 1800 333 000.
Lights, tyres – action
AN INCREASE in unroadworthy vehicles on local roads has prompted a traffic safety blitz to help keep our streets and highways safe, particularly during the wet winter months and thick morning fogs.
We are targeting vehicles in poor condition, particularly those with only one light showing at the front or back which is a danger for other approaching vehicles in low-visibility conditions.
All vehicle lights need to be in good working order to meet legal requirements.
We’ve seen some local vehicles with no rear lights at all and others with only one working headlight, which creates a danger for oncoming traffic on unlit country roads.
Most motorists say they are aware of their vehicle defect and intend to fix it.
Our message is to get it fixed now – don’t wait to be stopped by police because faulty lights can cause a serious accident and prove costly if an insurer refuses a claim because your vehicle was defective.
The same with tyres – make sure you have enough tread to pass a police inspection because bald tyres are extremely dangerous, particularly on wet roads – they can cause a serious accident and injury to yourself and others, including passengers, people in other vehicles and pedestrians.
Children should also be restrained with seatbelts or correctly secured child safety seats or baby capsules.
Toodyay officers will join Northam traffic police to conduct further local vehicle safety checks this month.
CLOSURE of the state border to quarantine WA from transmission of Covid-19 infection from other states appears to have caused a drop in illegal drug use and higher street prices.
When police reasonably suspect that a person has illegal drugs in their possession, powers exist to search a vehicle they may be in and the occupants.
Sometimes the distinctive smell of cannabis can be a factor in police forming a reasonable suspicion drugs are present.
A random traffic stop in Toodyay last month resulted in a small amount of cannabis being seized.