Nearly half of the top 10 postcodes for burglary in Greater Melbourne contain new housing estates, and aggravated incidents are on the rise, according to RACV’s annual analysis of burglary hot spots.
Cardinia, Clyde and Clyde North, all of which contain new housing estates, are the top metropolitan burglary hot spots for the second year in a row. Keilor and Keilor North have also seen a significant rise in burglary rates, from one in 54 to one in 32 over 12 months.
Airly, Seaspray, Montgomery and Dariman, near Sale, are parts of the most burgled postcode in Victoria, with a one in 17 chance of burglary.
Bryce Prosser, RACV’s General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, says several factors make new housing estates across the state 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 says there are simple things Victorians can do to reduce their risk.
“Our analysis tells us one in six (17 per cent) 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.”
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Aggravated burglary rates are on the rise again, jumping another 11 per cent in the 12 months to June 2017, making an increase of 56 per cent in the past two years. They account for 11 per cent of total burglaries.
Most aggravated burglaries – 74 per cent – happened between 7pm and 6am, with the highest volumes between 11pm and midnight.
Metro and regional hot spots
The RACV statistics show that overall, household burglary volumes have steadied, with only a two per cent increase in total 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. A significant rise in burglaries in the regional area of Arbuckle, near Traralgon, has seen it jump from 224th place to third place in 12 months.
How safe is your postcode?
Victorians can check the burglary rate in their postcode using RACV’s 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 under way is a six-month synthetic DNA trial in Norlane and Mill Park.