RACV discovers new housing estates among Melbourne’s top ten crime spots

RACV’s yearly analysis of burglary hot spots in Greater Melbourne shows nearly half of the top ten postcodes contain new housing estates.

Cardinia, Clyde and Clyde North, all of which include new housing estates remain the top burglary hot spots, unchanged from 2016. Keilor and Keilor North have also seen a significant rise in burglary rates, from one in 54 to one in 32 over a 12-month period.

Bryce Prosser, RACV’s General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs says there are several factors which make these new housing estates more attractive for burglars.

“We believe this could be because new homes include new appliances and often adjoin vacant blocks, which aid quick entry and exit. With many people at work during the day these newer suburbs are much easier targets.”

But with one Victorian household burgled every 15 minutes Mr Prosser believes there is more Victorians can do to reduce the risk of being burgled.

“Our analysis tells us one in six (17%) of all break-ins occur through an unlocked or open door or window. Victorians can easily prevent these occurrences by locking up when leaving the home and being mindful of locking doors while at home.”

“With 42 per cent of burglaries through a forced entry, it is important to ensure locks on all entries are secure. We encourage all Victorians to put in place measures to protect their homes, including installing good quality locks on doors and windows and installing curtains and blinds to remove valuable items from plain sight.”


Aggravated burglaries

Aggravated burglary rates have jumped another 11 per cent during the past 12 months to June 2017, with an increase of 56 per cent in the past two years. Aggravated burglaries are a major concern and account for 11 per cent of total burglaries.

74 per cent of aggravated burglaries occurred between 7pm – 6am with the highest volumes between 11pm – 12am.


Metro and regional hot spots

Household burglary volumes have steadied, with only a two per cent increase total in burglaries in 2016-17. The average burglary crime rate in Greater Melbourne is one in 69 homes and 1 in 70 homes in regional areas.

Airly, Seaspray, Montgomery and Dariman are parts of the most burgled postcode in regional Victoria, with a one in 17 chance of burglary. However, this is an improvement from one in 11 in the previous year. The regional area of Arbuckle has seen a significant increase in burglaries jumping from 224th place to third place in only 12 months.


How safe is your postcode?

Victorians can check the burglary rate in their postcode using RACV’s how safe is my suburb search portal interactive map. RACV is also offering a new tool for Victorians to assess how safe their home is and to get security advice.

To find out how your postcode ranks go to www.racv.com.au/burgstats, or to assess how safe your home is, visit www.racv.com.au/howsafeisyourhome

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. One crime prevention initiative currently underway is a six-month synthetic DNA trial in Norlane and Mill Park.


Top 10 Greater Melbourne burglary hot spots across Victoria

Rank Suburb Post code Burglary rate
2015-16 2016-17
1 Cardinia, Clyde, Clyde North 3978 1 in 19 homes 1 in 20 homes
2 Frankston North, Pines Forest 3200 1 in 26 homes 1 in 20 homes
3 Plumpton, Rockbank 3335 1 in 20 homes 1 in 25 homes
4 Officer, Officer South 3809 1 in 28 homes 1 in 27 homes
5 Somers 3927 1 in 104 homes 1 in 29 homes
6 Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana 3047 1 in 33 homes 1 in 32 homes
7 Diggers Rest 3427 1 in 23 homes 1 in 32 homes
8 Keilor, Keilor North 3036 1 in 54 homes 1 in 32 homes
9 Bellfield, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West 3081 1 in 30 homes 1 in 33 homes
10 Coolaroo, Meadow Heights 3048 1 in 36 homes 1 in 33 homes

Top 10 regional Victoria burglary hot spots across Victoria

Rank Suburb Post code Burglary rate
2015-16 2016-17
1 Airly, Seaspray, Montgomery, Darriman 3851 1 in 11 homes 1 in 17 homes
2 Driffield 3840 1 in 34 homes 1 in 27 homes
3 Arbuckle 3858 1 in 101 homes 1 in 28 homes
4 Corio, Norlane, North Shore 3214 1 in 31 homes 1 in 29 homes
5 Breakwater, East Geelong, Newcomb, St Albans Park, Thomson, Whittington 3219 1 in 32 homes 1 in 35 homes
6 Mildura, Mildura West 3500 1 in 33 homes 1 in 36 homes
7 Armstrong creek, Charlemont, Freshwater Creek, Mount Duneed 3217 1 in 78 homes 1 in 36 homes
8 Bareena, Geelong, Newtown, South Geelong 3220 1 in 40 homes 1 in 36 homes
9 Delacombe, Sebastopol 3356 1 in 43 homes 1 in 40 homes
10 Barwon Heads, Breamlea, Conneware 3227 1 in 69 homes 1 in 43 homes


Security tips

Lock up:

  • Install deadlocks on all entry doors including key operated patio bolts on any glass slide doors. Ensure locks are made to Australian standards.
  • Install keyed locks on all windows.
  • Lock all windows and doors, even when you’re at home – unlocked side and rear doors are the most common entry points for burglars.
  • Keep garden tools and ladders locked away. Your tools may be used by thieves during a burglary to gain entry to your home.

Around your home:

  • Make your house looks occupied at all times. For example, ask a neighbour to bring in your mail and bins if you’re away for a while.
  • Keep your garden well-trimmed to make it harder for burglars to hide
  • Visible deterrents help ward off potential burglars such as an alarm system external siren, CCTV camera or sensor light.
  • Remove valuable items from plain sight – particularly car keys, wallets and cash.

Aggravated Burglaries:

  • Victoria Police urges people to ring triple zero (000) immediately if they are in danger or witness a crime.
  • Victoria Police does not recommend people confront offenders as this places you at further risk of harm. Rather, Victoria Police advises people to focus on prevention.


  • The Safer Communities Unit has developed a series of crime prevention fact sheets, available for download at www.police.vic.gov.au.
  • These fact sheets were created to educate and empower the community to keep themselves, their family and community safe. 
Written by RACV Corporate Communications (03) 9790 2572
December 04, 2017