Victorians are worried about crime in their local area, despite crime rates being at their lowest in five years, new RACV research has found.
The latest Victorian Police crime statistics show the average burglary rate fell 10 per cent this year, from one in 69 homes burgled in 2017 to one in 76 homes in 2018.
Non-aggravated burglary is down 17 per cent since 2017, and aggravated burglary is down 10 per cent.
Yet the RACV research found that 85 per cent of respondents believe the state has a crime problem, and a third believe that Victoria has a ‘serious crime problem’.
RACV home program manager Bess Nolan-Cook says Victorians’ perceptions of crime weren’t unwarranted, with the research finding that one in four people say crime is a regular occurrence in their community.
“Victorians’ biggest concern was people using or dealing drugs in their area, closely followed by vandalism, graffiti or other deliberate damage to property,” says Bess.
“We also found that six in 10 people surveyed felt that having more CCTV cameras would help them feel safer.
“Thankfully, there are a few simple measures that Victorians can adopt to reduce their own chances of being burgled, such as locking their front doors and cars at all times, which around 20 per cent of Victorians currently do not do.”
RACV has completed a suburb-by-suburb analysis of crime rates in the state. Victorians can check the burglary rate in their postcode using RACV’s interactive map.
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.
The RACV research also found:
- 39 per cent of burglaries are through a forced or broken window or door.
- 64 per cent of aggravated burglaries happened between 8pm and 5am.
- 35 per cent of non-aggravated burglaries happened between 8am and 1pm.