What burglars want to steal most from you
Despite falling offences, Victorians are advised to remain vigilant about burglary. Here’s what burglars are looking for when they break and enter your home.
There’s good news for homeowners with new ways of living and working contributing to a fall in burglaries and break and enter offences.
Data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency reveals that 31,621 burglaries and break and enter offences were recorded in Victoria in 2021, down from 36,504 in 2020 and 40,217 in 2019.
The reason for the decline in home burglaries, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology Deputy Director Dr Rick Brown, is “there are more people home during the day, and the second-hand goods market is not as lucrative as it once was, so that the risks may outweigh the rewards”.
Despite the fall in offences, Victorians are urged to remain vigilant when it comes to burglaries, says community organisation Neighbourhood Watch Victoria.
The 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 hot spot 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 totaling 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.
The small timeframe for burglary has given rise to the theft of objects categorised as CRAVED by Dr Brown – those that are Concealable, Removable, Available, Valuable, Enjoyable and Disposable.