An average of 91 houses are burgled across Victoria each year and the chance of homeowners becoming victims could depend on their postcode.
An analysis on the state’s latest crime statistics, conducted by RACV, found Braybrook and Robinson in Melbourne’s west top the list as the worst for home burglaries.
Braybrook homes are more than twice as likely to be broken into as other suburbs.
But while areas in the city’s west topped the list, many other surprising suburbs were revealed to face a significantly higher risk of burglary than the state average.
These include the affluent suburbs of Brighton and Toorak in Melbourne’s southeast, which have an above average risk of home burglaries.
One in 75 homes in Brighton and one in 73 in Toorak were broken into over the 12 months to 30 June 2019.
Hampton, Albert Park, Middle Park, South Melbourne, Hawksburn, Abbotsford, Fitzroy and Collingwood were also more likely to be burgled compared to the state average.
“While we welcome any decline in criminal offending, we know offences such as burglary or home invasion have been of concern in recent times and can have significant and long-lasting effects on victims and the wider community,” Victoria Police Superintendent Craig Peel said.
The top 10 burglary hotspots in Melbourne
1.) Braybrook, Robinson
2.) Cardinia, Clyde, Clyde North
3.) Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
5.) Bellfield, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West
7.) Collingwood, Collingwood North
8.) Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Ivanhoe North
9.) Kurunjang, Melton, Melton West, Toolern Vale
10.) Brookfield, Exford, Eynesbury, Melton South