What burglars want to steal most from you
In light of an expected rise in burglaries and break in offences, Victorians are advised to remain vigilant about burglary and home security. Here’s what burglars are looking for when they break and enter your home.
After years of declining private residential burglary, new data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency reveals that burglaries and break and enter offences increased slightly from 2021 to 2022: the first increase since 2016. Increased cost of living pressures are also expected to drive up some offences in 2023.
Victorians are urged to remain vigilant when it comes to burglaries, says Neighbourhood Watch Victoria. The community organisation has witnessed an evolution in the way burglars are going about their business, with much smaller areas – such as a specific street - becoming a crime hotspot until the offences are brought to the attention of local police and community, forcing the offenders to move onto another area.
With the average time spent on a burglary now just eight minutes according to Neighbourhood Watch Victoria, household items most likely to be stolen are those that are in clear sight, just inside an open door or window.
This small timeframe for burglary has given rise to the theft of objects categorised as CRAVED by Australian Institute of Criminology Deputy Director Dr Rick Brown – those that are Concealable, Removable, Available, Valuable, Enjoyable and Disposable.