More than 1 million Australian households had experienced a break-in in the year 2020. In this infographic, we take a look at 11 surprising facts about these household crimes and tips on how to prevent them.
Burglary in Australia
There was an estimated 10.4% of Australian households experienced crimes in the 2019-2020 financial year. That’s 1,017,200 households!
2.4% of Australian households experienced a break-in but 1.9% were unsuccessful break-ins.
74% of households reported the break-in to the police while 11% did not.
During the most recent break-in, 168,800 households (71%) had something stolen. 113,200 households (48%) had property damage and only 12,200 households (12%) confronted the perpetrator.
Most Commonly Stolen Types of Property
The most commonly stolen types of property stolen from Australian households were personal items, at 25% (59,000). Followed by money, purse or wallets at 19% (46,200) and lastly, tools at 17% (40,500).
Tips to Prevent Burglary
- Lock up. Police suggest many opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes.
- Don’t provide cover. Cut back trees and bushes that obscure doors and windows from the street.
- Make friends with neighbours. People look out for each other. Have a neighbour collect your mail while you are on holiday.
- Install security cameras. Security cameras deter burglars and collect evidence.