Sydney Home Break-in Statistics

If you believe the media, then you’d be forgiven for thinking that in Sydney burglary is a serious problem that is only getting worse, and that for lots of residents of Sydney security is a big issue.

Sydney Dwelling Break and Enter Hotspots Oct 2015 to Sep 2016

Sydney Dwelling Break and Enter Hotspots Oct 2015 to Sep 2016

A quick visit to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) crime mapping tool shows that your risk of becoming victim of a break and enter, or a theft from a dwelling can vary a lot depending on the suburb that you live in. In many cases the burglary statistics don’t quite line up with the media hype.

What the stats say

On the Rate Map, the statistics present the rate of different crimes per hundred thousand of population, with the state average for “Break & enter dwelling” and “Steal from dwelling” being 402.6 and 282.3 respectively for the Oct 2015 to Sept 2016.

For Sydney, the end result is that for break and enters, central suburbs such as Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Alexandria as well as other areas further out like Hunters Hill, through Strathfield, Paramatta, Blacktown and south to Campbelltown tend to fall in the same bracket (346 to 566.7 per 100,000) as the state average.

Sydney dwelling break and enters (per 100,000 pop) from Oct 2015 to Sep 2016.

Sydney dwelling break and enters (per 100,000 pop) from Oct 2015 to Sep 2016.

Many other suburbs to the north and south of the central city, Manly, Dee Why, Chatswood, North Sydney, Bankstown, Hurstville, as well as the coast from Bondi through South Coogee, all show break and enter rates well below the State average.

For Sydney robbery statistics The numbers tell a different story, with the rates being higher than the state average in a big strip from Penrith in the west right through Eastern Creek and Cabramatta to Randwick and Maroubra in the east. The rates also increase rapidly as you get closer to the central city.

Sydney robbery (per 100,000 pop) from Oct 2015 to Sep 2016.

Sydney robbery (per 100,000 pop) from Oct 2015 to Sep 2016.

How safe is your street?

The flip side of all these robbery and burglary statistics is that you probably have a fairly good feel for just how relatively safe, or at risk you are in your street and your area of your suburb. As an example, for break and enters, chances are that you intuition probably lines up fairly well with the Hotspots map that you can select on the BOSCAR tool.

Sydney Robbery hotspots Oct 2015 to Sep 2016

Sydney Robbery Hotspots Oct 2015 to Sep 2016

So if you think, or the maps tell you that you live in an area where your chances of being broken into are fairly high, what can you do to reduce the risk and improve your home security?

Sydney Dwelling Break and Enter Hotspots Oct 2015 to Sep 2016

Sydney Dwelling Break and Enter Hotspots Oct 2015 to Sep 2016

Easy steps for you to take.

While we’d love to leap straight to selling you one of our CleverLoop systems with home security cameras, there are a bunch of free or cheap things that you can do that will help to persuade a thief on the prowl to try a different house, and hopefully a different street, for an easy target.

Get to know your neighbours – The more people that know and watch out for each other in a street or neighbourhood, the safer your area is going to be generally.

Guard against opportunistic thieves – A lot of burglaries are down to someone walking past a house, seeing a garage or door open, and slipping in to see what valuables are on offer. If your car keys are on a hook or table by your door, then that’s an invitation for your car to vanish too.

Make it look like someone is home, even if you are away – Lots of little things help with this, arrange to stop the mail or newspapers piling up, put lights on timers in different rooms, get someone to mow the lawn and keep the garden tidy. Best of all, get someone to house sit your place while you aren’t there.

Don’t use social media to advertise your home to burglars – Check your social media privacy settings to make sure that your photos of you on holiday don’t tell less than honest friends of friends that you won’t be home for two weeks.

Invest in a camera based home security system

Modern security systems give you a great range of features and complete control from your smartphone, wherever you are. With a CleverLoop system, you can run indoor and outdoor cameras, data cabled in or using your WiFi network to live view what is happening in your home, record everything, and receive filtered alerts direct to your phone telling and showing you that something major has happened in your place.

All this for an affordable up front cost, and with no ongoing fees.

See the CleverLoop smart home security page for more information.

 

by The CleverLoop Team
February 14, 2017