Three Victorian homes are burgled every hour according to new researchi by RACV.
RACV’s annual Burglary Statistics report, which uses Victoria Police data, has revealed that one in 91 Victorian homes were victims of a burglary in 2019, equating to one burglary every 20 minutes across the state.
The 2019 Burglary Statistics also show:
- 23.6 per cent of burglaries are through a forced/broken door, and 13.7 per cent through an unlocked/open door
- 28 per cent of Victorians still feel as though their local area is less safe than it was five years ago
- The number of criminal incidents for residential burglary/break and enter decreased by 11 per cent to 26,444 offences for the year ending June 2019
- Non-aggravated burglary is down 13 per cent since 2018 and aggravated burglary is down .03 per cent.
As part of Burglary Statistics, RACV completed a suburb-by-suburb analysis to better understand local crime trends. The breakdown found:
- Dumbalk (postcode 3956) saw the crime rate spike from one in 180 homes burgled in 2018 to one in 33 in 2019. This dramatic shift sees Dumbalk recognised as the postcode with the highest burglary rates in Victoria alongside postcode 3840, Morwell, which saw a spike from one in 41 homes to one in 33 homes.
- Last year’s top ten Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria hotspots saw significant reductions in crime rates, except for Driffield and Morwell, which saw an increase from one in 41 to one in 33 homes burgled.
Research from RACV demonstrates a common theme among one in four respondents, that despite a lower burglary rate, there are growing safety concerns in their wider communities.
According to the research, three-quarters of Victorians (75 per cent) feel most safe in their home, reflecting a broader issue with crime outside the home.
In the last 12 months, the number of offences recorded increased by 7,640 offences. The number of recorded offences has increased 35.4 per cent (or by 134,608 offences) from the year ending June 2010.
RACV General Manager, Raymond Orre said Victorians’ perceptions of crime were symptomatic of wider concerns in their community but believes there are ways Victorians can feel safer at home and in their neighbourhoods.
“Until crime rates are at zero, there is still reason for concern and more importantly, action.”
“We found that one in five people surveyed who have sophisticated home security solutions but rarely or never keep them activated or in working order. Regular checks and system tests are a simple a way to maintain peace of mind in the home.”
“Positively, one in five people already believe that their neighbours look out for them, and in turn, they look out for their neighbours. Notifying your neighbours when you’re out of the home, asking them to check your mail or put out your bins can be a helpful deterrent for criminals and helps to foster a stronger sense of community.”
"Thankfully, there are a few simple measures that Victorians can adopt to reduce their own chances of being burgled, such as locking their doors and windows at all times, which around 22 per cent of Victorians currently only do some of the time,” he said.
RACV is a member of Safety Alliance Victoria, a partnership between Victoria Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers and Federation University Australia, which aims to reduce residential burglaries in Victoria.
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