How safe is your suburb? Victoria’s burglary hotspots revealed

Living Well | Sue Hewitt | Posted on 26 November 2019

New crime statistics reveal Victoria's worst suburbs for home burglaries.

RACV analysis of Victoria’s latest crime statistics has revealed Braybrook and Robinson in Melbourne’s west as the city’s worst home-burglary hotspots.

The analysis, which combines Victoria Police burglary figures for 2018-19 with postcode data to identify the riskiest and safest postcodes, also found that households in suburbs including inner-city Fitzroy and Collingwood, leafy Ivanhoe, and Broadmeadows and Heidelberg in the city’s north face a significantly higher risk of burglary than the state average.

Burglar dressed in black wearing leather gloves breaking into house

Braybrook and Robinson, in Melbourne’s west, have been revealed as the city’s worst suburbs for home burglaries.


The data reveals that across the state three homes are broken into every hour, every day, and that an average of one in 91 homes is burgled each year. However, households in Braybrook are more than twice as likely to be broken into compared with the state average, with one in 39 homes burgled over the 12 months to 30 June 2019. 

The risk of burglary is highest in country Victoria, with regional areas making up eight of the state’s 10 riskiest postcodes. The 3956 postcode, covering Dumbalk, Venus Bay, Meeniyan, Tarwin Lower and surrounding communities, has the state’s highest burglary risk of one in 33 homes, followed by postcode 3840 which includes Morwell and Hazelwood with a 1-in-33 risk. 

The police data, compiled by the Crime Statistics Agency, shows residential burglaries across the state dropped 12.6 per cent in 2018-19. The average burglary rate fell from one in 76 homes to one in 91 homes. 

But despite the decline, an RACV survey of more than 800 householders across metro and regional  Victoria found that 25 per cent of respondents feel their local area is less safe than it was five years ago. 

RACV general manager business solutions, Raymond Orre, says Victorians’ perceptions of crime are symptomatic of wider concerns in their community but believes there are ways Victorians can feel safer at home and in their neighbourhoods.

“Until crime rates are at zero, there is still reason for concern and more importantly, action,” he says.

The risk of burglary is highest in country Victoria, with regional areas making up eight of the state’s 10 riskiest postcodes.


He says RACV research found that one in five people surveyed have sophisticated home security solutions but rarely activate them or keep them in working order. Regular checks and system tests are a simple way to maintain peace of mind in the home.

“Positively, one in five people already believe that their neighbours look out for them, and in turn, they look out for their neighbours,” he says.

“Notifying your neighbours when you’re out of the home and asking them to check your mail or put out your bins can be a helpful deterrent for criminals and helps to foster a stronger sense of community.”

About one in five of those surveyed had experienced a burglary and said it made them feel scared, annoyed or vulnerable. 

Most respondents believe burglars are deterred by evidence of a home being occupied, including not having an overflowing letterbox, as well as security measures such as security systems, security doors, sensor lights and dogs. 

The Crime Statistics Agency data for the 2018 calendar year found the most likely time for burglaries is on a Friday during the day. More than 17 per cent of burgled houses were broken into on a Friday, about 15 per cent on Saturdays, 14 per cent on Thursdays and 13.5 per cent on Sundays. 

About a third of burglaries happened between noon and 6pm, while 14 per cent happened between midnight and 6am. 

Almost one in five thieves broke in by forcing a door, while almost 14 per cent got in through an unlocked door. 

The top items stolen include jewellery, electrical appliances, cash and documents. While the theft of smartphones remained stable over the past 10 years, the theft of keys had increased. 

Two burglars stealing flat screen television from house
White security camera on rendered wall of home

Installing security systems can be a deterrent for would-be burglars.


Victoria Police Superintendent Craig Peel says everyone has the right to feel safe within their homes and communities.

“While we welcome any decline in criminal offending, we know offences such as burglary or home invasion have been of concern in recent times and can have significant and long-lasting effects on victims and the wider community,” he says.

Victoria Police officers and Protective Service Officers will continue to proactively target known hotspots and patrol local areas to detect, disrupt and apprehend offenders and keep the community safe.”

Craig says five simple measures to prevent burglaries are:

  • Install good quality locks on doors and windows
  • Lock all windows and doors – unlocked side and rear doors are the most common entry point for burglars
  • Ensure garage doors and internal access to the house and backyard are locked
  • Make your house look occupied – ask a friend, family member or neighbour to check your mail and take in the bins
  • Install an alarm system and/or CCTV

Find out the burglary statistics for your suburb using our interactive map.

Top 10 burglary hot spots in Melbourne

Top 10 burglary hot spots in Melbourne

Suburbs

Burglary rate 2018-19

3019

Braybrook, Robinson

1 in 39 homes

3978

Cardinia, Clyde, Clyde North

1 in 46 homes

3047

Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana

1 in 52 homes

3753

Beveridge

1 in 55 homes

3081

Bellfield, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West

1 in 56 homes

3065

Fitzroy

1 in 57 homes

3066

Collingwood, Collingwood North

1 in 58 homes

3079

Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Ivanhoe North

1 in 60 homes

3337

Kurunjang, Melton, Melton West, Toolern Vale

1 in 60 homes

3338

Brookfield, Exford, Eynesbury, Melton South

1 in 60 homes

Top 10 burglary hot spots statewide

Top 10 burglary hot spots statewide

Suburbs

Burglary rate 2018-19

3956

Venus Bay, Walkerville, Dumbalk, Tarwin

1 in 33 homes

3840

Morwell, Hazelwood, Maryvale, Driffield

1 in 33 homes

3851

Airly, Seaspray, Montgomery, Darriman

1 in 38 homes

3019

Braybrook, Robinson

1 in 39 homes

3629

Ardmona, Coomboona, Mooroopna, Mooroopna North, Undera

1 in 41 homes

3564

Echuca, Bamawm Extension

1 in 42 homes

3978

Cardinia, Clyde, Clyde North

1 in 46 homes

3500

Mildura, Mildura West

1 in 47 homes

3630

Branditt, Caniambo, Colliver, Dunkirk, Shepparton, Shepparton South

1 in 47 homes

3214

Corio, Norlane, North Shore

1 in 47 homes

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