It’s that time of the month again where we shine the spotlight on one of Melbourne’s popular suburbs – Abbotsford. Abbotsford is a great location for access to the city. Living or working in Abbotsford means you’ll be close to plenty of trendy restaurants and cafes. Public transport is easily accessible, you have access to buses, trams and trains. You’re also in walking distance to the MCG and the banks of the Yarra River. If you’re looking for a weekend activity, you can take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the river, visit the Abbotsford market or read the paper at a local café. With so many options, it’s no wonder our locksmiths are in demand with young families, professionals and businesses in the area who want to be sure their property and possessions are secure.

Abbotsford is a suburb service by Amalgamated Locksmiths

Assault and related offence

Unfortunately, there has been a steady increase in assault and related offences over the last 3 years. The latest stats show that there was a dramatic jump in assault and related offences from 2016 with 35 to 2017 with 65. 2018 has shown a slight increase to 71 offences.

 

Property Damage, Burglary and Theft

There were 78 reports of property damage in 2018; up from 73 in 2017. Burglary, breaking and entering has decreased – it is down to 120 reported cases from 132 in 2017. The majority of break-ins are of residential properties in the area. Theft is also down from 559 cases in 2017 to 425 cases in 2018. There have been 56 reports of bicycle theft around Abbotsford – so be sure you have a bicycle lock or secure storage area. Many cases of theft related to items stolen from vehicles. Lock your vehicles to avoid being a victim of these opportunistic thieves.

 

Drug Offences

The dealing and trafficking of drugs has gone up (from 3 cases to 9) but drug usage has gone down (34 to 23 incidents).

 

The top 5 offences for 2018 are:

  1. Theft (425 offences)
  2. Burglary (120 offences)
  3. Deception (113 offences)
  4. Property Damage (78 offences)
  5. Assault and Related Offences (71 offences)

Data from Crime Statistics Victoria