Wyndham “low risk” for home-burglaries

By Esther Lauaki

Wyndham residents are at “low risk” of home-burglaries according to a new crime report.
An RACV analysis of the latest crime statistics ruled nearly all of Wyndham’s suburbs out of the Victoria’s home-burglary hotspots.
The analysis combined Victoria Police burglary figures for 2018-19 with postcode data to identify the riskiest and safest postcodes.
In the postcode 3030, which takes in Quandong, Point Cook, Werribee and Werribee South, one in 105 homes were at risk of being burgled.
The risk was even lower in the postcode 3029, which includes Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina, with one in 131 homes in danger of being targeted.
But not all suburbs escaped unscathed.
Little River had a one-in-54 risk rating while postcode 3024, which covers Mambourin, Manor Lakes, Mount Cottrell and Wyndham Vale, had a one-in-80 risk.
Burglaries and break-and-enters in Wyndham decreased substantially in the 12 month period to June, from 1334 to 1114 offences.
RACV general manager business solutions Raymond Orre said Victorians’ perceptions of crime are symptomatic of wider concerns in their community.
“Until crime rates are at zero, there is still reason for concern and more importantly, action,” Mr Orre said.
“Positively, one in five people already believe that their neighbours look out for them, and in turn, they look out for their neighbours.
“Notifying your neighbours when you’re out of the home and asking them to check your mail or put out your bins can be a helpful deterrent for criminals and helps to foster a stronger sense of community.”