Every month we will investigate the latest data on crime statistics in Melbourne suburbs. This month it’s Abbotsford, one of our most visited suburbs.
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Using data supplied by the Crime Statistics Agency, we can see the incidence of various crimes in Abbotsford from 2012 – 2016.
Property and Person offences in Abbotsford: theft up, burglaries down
Abbotsford recorded a 9% increase in theft offences from 2015-2016, going from 568 thefts to 620 last year. Abbotsford is less likely to theft than nearby Collingwood, where the total theft rate in 2016 was 932. In contrast, burglaries in Abbotsford decreased slightly from 120 to 114.
Last year, 120 homes in Abbotsford were burgled and 94 properties were also damaged. So, it pays to take precautions to protect your home from being one of those burgled.
Other property and person offences in Abbotsford in 2016 include:
Arson: 0 offences
Property damage: 94 offences
Deception: 441 offences (up a massive 431% from 83 in 2015!)
Crimes against the person: 96 offences
Drug offences in Abbotsford: total offences down 7%
In 2016, there were 9 cases of drug dealing and trafficking offences, 3 case of drug manufacturing and 59 drug use and possession offences.
Overall drug offences have stayed constant over recent years in Abbotsford, with an average of 74 offences each year.
Public order and security offences in Abbotsford
Weapons and explosives offences in Abbotsford have dropped in the past year, from 36 in 2015 to 22 in 2016. Meanwhile, disorderly and offensive conduct offences have dropped by about a third, from 31 in 2015 to 50 in 2015. There were four public nuisance offences in Abbotsford in 2016.
Total crime rate in Abbotsford up by nearly 100% over past five years
Since 2012, the crime rate in Abbotsford has nearly doubled, from 820 offences in 2012 to 1606 offences last year.
Top five offences in Abbotsford in 2016
- Theft: 620 offences
- Deception: 440 offences
- Burglary/break and enter: 114 offences
- Breaches of orders: 98
- Crimes against the person: 96