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 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.