The Australian city robbed more than any other over the Christmas period has been revealed, while Queensland emerged as the worst state for festive season burglaries.
Townsville had a higher rate of home break-ins over November and December than any other Australian city, according to insurer Budget Direct, with 37 burglaries per 10,000 people.
The data, compiled from crime reports, captured which towns, cities and states have the most home robberies while Aussies move into holiday mode.
Townsville had a higher rate of home break-ins over November and December than any other Australian city according to insurer Budget Direct
The data, compiled from crime reports, captured which towns, cities and states have the most home robberies while Aussies move into holiday mode
The insurer also revealed the one thing you should never, when you go away – leave a spare key outside.
According to official Townsville police statistics, the crime rate in the unofficial North Queensland capital have been steadily climbing over the past two decades.
10 Aussie towns with most Christmas break-ins
Source: Budget Direct
The rate of offences committed grew by over 52 per cent between 2001 and 2022 in Townsville.
Property crimes and stolen car offences in Townsville are among the most common crimes there.
Followers of satirical Facebook page S**t Towns of Australia voted Townsville Australia’s worst town for the past two years.
Second on the list of Australian towns with the most break-ins was Townsville’s northern neighbour, Cairns, with 30, ahead of Hobart and Toowoomba.
Melbourne and Brisbane had far more break-ins than Sydney, Perth or Adelaide on a per capita basis.
Queensland had far more break-ins than any other Australian state too, with 4,677 in 2021.
Victoria was second with 3,734 and New South Wales third with 3,050.
Victoria had more break-ins in 2020, but according to the data Queensland’s burglars were busier last Christmas.
The state with statistically the biggest increase in festive season burglaries between 2020 and 2021 was Western Australia, though it came fourth overall.
The Northern Territory had the highest per capita rate of break-ins of any Australian state, 18.3 per 10,000 people.
Budget Direct revealed several tips to protect your home from break-ins, including never leaving a spare key hidden outside.
‘If you go away, please don’t leave a spare key under the doormat or pot plant,’ the insurer says on its website.
Queensland had far more break-ins than any other Australian state too, with 4,677 in 2021. Victoria was second with 3,734 and New South Wales third with 3,050
The rate of offences committed in Townsville grew by over 52 per cent between 2001 and 2022. Property crimes and stolen car offences in Townsville are among the most common crimes
‘This is one of the most obvious places to hide a key. If you decide to leave for even a few days you can always leave a key with a trusted family member, or neighbour.’
The Australian town with the worst crime rates over all is Alice Springs, according to a global database.
It was the 17th worst town on earth for crime, according to Numbeo’s current crime index.
Rockhampton was the second worst Australian town, coming in at 38th globally, while Cairns, Darwin and Townsville all made the top 100.
Another Queensland town, Toowoomba, was 103rd.
The data on home break-ins was crunched by Research House Aira, from Australian crime reports submitted between November and December in 2020.
Tips to protect your home from break-ins this Christmas
Lock all doors and windows
Never, ever leave a spare key outside
Don’t forget about the second floor
Don’t leave valuables near the windows
Install a home security system, with alarm and cameras
Add more lighting around your home
Make it look cared for
Make sure your garage door goes down
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