In its first six months of operation, BUSTED has had a successful conviction in tackling building site crime, one of the biggest issues facing WA’s building industry. On Tuesday 17 June, 2014 BUSTED was involved in the charge of a bricklayer for burglary on a Dale Alcock home in Piara Waters.
BUSTED placed a tracker on a roll of cavity insulation on a Dale Alcock homes site shed. The tracker was activated and traced to a premise in Canning Vale. BUSTED investigators advised police and a search warrant was executed. Three rolls of cavity insulation, brickies tape and spacers were recovered and the offender was charged with burglary.
“Over the past few months cavity insulation has been a major theft item amongst BUSTED builders and this conviction is another step in the fight against illegal activity and zero tolerance of building site theft”, said Kevin Minchinton, Executive Director, Meridian Services.
WA’s four big builders – ABN, BGC, JWH Group and Summit Homes Group –have united forces as part of a proactive campaign to tackle building site crime.
Building site crime is a real cost that affects the WA building industry, for both builders and homebuyers. Beyond that, it also affects the trades people who suffer from lost income when their tools and equipment are damaged or stolen.
Thanks to this initiative by the four partner builders, a large number of WA building sites are now protected by the BUSTED campaign.