How to protect your property in the age of COVID-19
Crime is down but you can’t be complacent when it comes to protecting your property.
Crime in Victoria fell to a six-year low during the COVID-19 shutdown but police fear it will be short-lived.
Preliminary figures for April show the lowest daily average number of crimes since 2014, but deputy commissioner Shane Patton says crime is now returning to levels prior to restrictions being put in place.
Assistant commissioner Bob Hill says opportunistic thefts and burglaries are still a risk and he urges home owners and businesses to take simple preventative measures.
“While most people in our community do the right thing, we know there will be a small number who will use this time to commit offences such as burglaries and vehicle-related crime, including theft of and theft from motor vehicles,” he says.
“This type of offending is often opportunistic with thieves entering homes either through open or unlocked doors and windows to steal items, including car keys. In Australia it is reported that seven out of 10 cars are stolen with the keys.”
He says police will have a highly visible presence in the community and proactively target known burglary hotspots and patrol local areas in an effort to detect, disrupt and apprehend offenders.
“We take this type of offending very seriously and are committed to holding offenders to account.”