Having your home broken into is a horrible feeling. Not only has some stranger invaded your privacy and gone through your family’s things, they’ve taken digital devices, appliances or jewellery that cost a lot of your hard-earned money, and has sentimental value that can’t be replaced.
The most recent 2018 Home Burglary in Australia Statistics by Budget Direct Insurance found that in 2017 there were 225,900 recorded burglaries in Australia, which equates to one every three minutes. The report also found that more than 20 per cent of Aussie homes have been burgled at some point. In 2015, Australia had the 5th highest rate of burglaries in the world. Those are some scary statistics that make you rethink how effective your home security is, right?
However, it turns out one state has more home burglaries than any other.
Budget Direct reports that in 2017 the Northern Territory had the highest percentage of break-ins versus population, at 5% of households experiencing a burglary. However, if we go by numbers, another state tops the charts.
- VIC had 65,200 burglaries (2.8% of the population)
- NSW had 57,700 burglaries (2% pf the population)
- WA had 41,700 burglaries (4.3% of the population)
- QLD had 37,000 burglaries (2% of the population)
- SA had 13,200 burglaries (1.9% of the population)
- TAS had 4,200 burglaries (2% of the population)
- ACT had 3,700 burglaries (2.5% of the population)
- NT had 3,200 burglaries (5% of the population)
However, with that in mind, NSW actually saw 25.5 per cent of all Burglaries that took place in Australia in 2017, Victoria saw 28.9 per cent of all burglaries in Australia and Western Australia saw 18.5 per cent of all burglaries in Australia.
So, what does this all mean?
It means that although the Northern Territory had the most break-ins compared to their population, Victoria takes the crown as the worst state for home burglaries as the state saw the highest percentage of all burglaries in Australia, as well as being the state with the highest number of home burglaries in Australia.
So if you live in Victoria, you may want to double check your home security this holiday season.