Over the past few months, RoyalAuto has given a comprehensive round up of burglary statistics in Victoria since 1997 and ways to keep your home safe.
Last year, the burglary statistics showed home burglaries dropped 3%, with one in 71 homes burgled on average. This was down from one in 69 homes since 2012.
After covering Victoria region by region, we look back at what has been happening in your neighbourhoods and forward to the 2013-2014 statistics, which will be released in the coming months.
Last year, half of the top 10 most burgled postcodes were new to the list. It was also the first time since RACV started collecting statistics that an inner city suburb did not appear in the top 10.
This is what we found in each area of Melbourne after analysing the statistics and talking to the experts.
In part 1 (inner Melbourne), we found criminals target Apple products and why you should be wary if someone knocks on the door asking for someone you’ve never heard of.
In part 2 (western suburbs), we learned theft from new buildings in growth corridors is on the rise.
In part 3 (northern suburbs), we discovered how useful CCTV footage can be when the camera is placed correctly.
In part 4 (eastern suburbs), we found police had created a new team specifically targeting recidivist offenders.
In part 5 (south-eastern suburbs), we learned what police do at the crime scene of a home burglary.
In part 6 (southern suburbs), we discovered safer and riskier suburbs are commonly next-door neighbours.
In part 7 (western Victoria), we saw burglars shifting their gaze to holiday homes, with Anglesea new to the top 10.
In part 8 (northern Victoria), we learned thieves steal stock, fuel and fertiliser from farms at certain times of the year.
In part 9 (eastern Victoria), we found out holidaymakers aren’t the only ones using online holiday listings and how the police use social media to catch criminals.
Looking beyond the statistics and into the future, the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) is concerned federal Budget proposals could leave more people in a vulnerable position and could result in an increase in crime.
Another commonly seen driver in crime increases is the traffic and use of methamphetamine (ice).
Community liaison officer leading senior constable Mark Baumann of Mildura, confirmed part of the problem with home burglaries was the increase in the use of ice.