A special police unit has been set up to tackle a rise in motor vehicle theft across WA.

Fifteen detectives and technical staff have been appointed to start work immediately at the new vehicle crime unit.

According to police, vehicle theft in WA has increased by 22 per cent this financial year and in recent months thefts jumped almost 70 per cent.

A significant number of the stolen vehicles have not been recovered.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said more needed to be done to stop the rise in vehicle theft.

“Having a dedicated investigation unit is part of the solution“, he said.

“Given that in 35 per cent of all cases of vehicle theft the offenders gained entry to an empty house through an unlocked door or window, the community also have a role to play.”

The vehicle crime unit will target people who use stolen vehicles to commit other crimes and those involved in theft and re-birthing rackets.

The West Australian

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