Brimbank a theft hot spot


Tara Murray

Brimbank remains one of Victoria’s theft hot spots, despite a decline in the number of items stolen.

Recently released Crime Statistics Agency data reveals that 16,745 items worth more than $10 million were reported stolen in Brimbank during the 12 months to March 31.

The number of items stolen dropped by 5223 from the previous 12 months.

Only the City of Melbourne had more stolen items in the 12 months to March, with 22,253 items stolen.

The CSA data, which highlights the number of items stolen during thefts and burglaries since 2007, reveals that stolen property reports in Brimbank have been on the decline since 2021, when there were 45,025 items stolen.

Cash, documents, and car accessories were among the most stolen items in Brimbank.

The theft of cash and documents was one of only a few categories to record an increase in the number of items stolen in Brimbank in the 12 months to March, rising by 24.

Domestic pets (up eight), furniture (up 46), police property (up four) and tools (up 33) were the other categories to record increases.

Stolen car accessories dropped by 832 items on the previous 12 months, while there was about 600 less personal property items stolen.

The number of jewellery pieces stolen continues to be on a downward trend.

In the 12 months to March there were 428 jewellery pieces stolen, down from 1622 on the previous 12 months.

In the 12 months to March 2012, there was 8599 jewellery pieces stolen.