Let’s talk Perth Home Security and Burglary Rates in Western Australia

Perth's top 10 burglary hot-spots have long been know, but the rise in crime has seen big increases in break-ins.

Perth’s top 10 burglary hot-spots have long been know, but the rise in crime has seen big increases in break-ins.

Western Australia Police figures from January 2017 show that a house was burgled in WA every 16 minutes. With home break-ins happening so frequently, it’s worth digging a bit deeper into those burglary statistics and seeing where it’s happening, why it’s happening and, most importantly for you, what you can do to reduce your burglary risk.

Worst 10 Places in Perth for Burglaries

Where’s it happening? Well, straight off the bat, the top 10 Home Break-In Hotspots in the Greater Perth area are the following towns and suburbs:

  1. Bassendean, Beechboro, Thornlie
  2. Morley
  3. Duncraig
  4. Canning Vale, Hamilton Hill
  5. Gosnells
  6. Spearwood
  7. Armadale
  8. Rockingham
  9. Baldivis, Port Kennedy
  10. Ballajura

Source: RAC 2014 Home Burglaries Analysis

If you want to get a specific idea about the crime rates where you live, with actual figures for burglaries, assaults, robberies, car theft etc from the last 12 months, then we recommend you take a look at the Perth Crime Map. You can select your suburb and get a suburb profile. Helpful if you are trying to decide how important home security is, or where to buy your next house!

The Perth Crime Map uses Police crime stats and ABS census data to plot where crimes, including burglaries, are taking place in Perth. Source

The Perth Crime Map uses Police crime stats and ABS census data to plot where crimes, including burglaries, are taking place in Perth. Source www.perthcrimemap.com

Why Perth’s Burglary rates are so high

You might be thinking that the figures from 2014 are a few years old now and that things are sure to have improved in terms of burglary statistics.

Unfortunately not. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, WA seems to be bucking the Australia-wide trend which is towards declining criminal offender rates. Whilst the rest of the country saw a 1.2 percent decline in the four years to 2017, WA actually hit a four year high, up a massive 8.2 percent. And the bad news, a spike in burglary figures played a big part in this.

The WA Police Union president recently said another 1,000 police officers are urgently needed. The Police Commissioner agreed that more police are needed, and put the increased rates of crime down to the high use of methamphetamine in WA.

Perth Now reported in March this year that WA is the “methamphetamine capital of Australia and nearly the world”. The average daily meth consumption is one hit for every 17 people, in the rest of the country it is one hit for every 28 people. Globally, there is a high correlation between meth consumption and higher crime rates, so the burglary problem is understandable. Take your normal burglary rate and add the spike that comes from the high meth useage, and you have recipe for home-owner heartache and frustration.

What you can do to reduce your burglary risk

First, our prediction for the way that home security is going to go in the future.

As burglary rates continue to increase in many suburbs, home owners and renters will look to become more active in protecting their own homes. As well a focus on the more traditional approaches that have been used for a long time, the response will increasingly include new technology, particularly smart phone technology used in conjunction with indoor and outdoor camera security systems.

We’ve prepared a blog specifically on the Top 10 Ways to Prevent and Reduce Home Burglaries, so please take a read of this blog.

Number 10 in the blog is to install an easy to use video camera security system – Look for a system that gives you live viewing of cameras, the ability to record to a hard drive, and an option to detect filtered movements and send video alerts direct to your smart phone. Don’t forget to plan a system that has both outdoor and indoor cameras and gives you full control from your smartphone wherever you are.

For more details on CleverLoop, an affordable, feature packed camera security system that ticks all the boxes, have a look at CleverLoop.com.au.

References:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-27/crime-up-8-per-cent-in-wa-abs-figures-reveal/8306522

https://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/state-hotspots-for-home-theft/

http://www.perthcrimemap.com/

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/meth-crisis-wa-the-methamphetamine-capital-of-australia-secret-testing-proves/news-story/c587e135ed9b131651944dd2b0b6bd44

by The CleverLoop Team
August 2, 2017