GOSNELLS has won the inglorious honour of being Perth’s worst suburb for home break-ins.
The south-eastern suburb topped the insurer RAC’s list for the most number of burglary claims for 2016.
Morley came in second place, followed by Thornlie and Balga, with Dianella in a tie with Baldivis for fifth spot.
Gosnells assumed the number one spot after rising from fourth place in the 2015 list.
“We tend to see the same suburbs dominate our claims data, with Gosnells, Morley and Thornlie consistently ranking highly in RAC’s burglary claims analysis,” RAC home claims manager Glen Walker said.
“Morley has continued to sit in second place for the third year running.
“However, Thornlie fared slightly better and now sits in third place, down from first place in 2015 and 2014. Northam was the worst performing regional suburb.”
Mr Walker said jewellery and bikes were the most often targeted items.
“Since 2014, we’ve seen a 70 per cent increase in the number of bikes taken.”
Mr Walker said many home break-ins are opportunistic in nature.
“Thieves can quickly enter via an open side bedroom, or even an unlocked front door, and take anything portable within arm’s reach in about 30-seconds. This includes the keys to your car,” he said.
“Our advice is to always lock your doors and windows and maintain your security standards even when you are home. Using a range of home security measures and having a home alarm can also act as a big deterrent and save you money on your insurance premium.”
Worst performing suburbs in 2016 based on more than 4,000 RAC claims:
5. Dianella / Baldivis
6. East Victoria Park / Armadale
7. Canning Vale
8. Beechboro / Como
10. Rockingham / Victoria Park
12. Willeton / Bassendean / Clarkson
14. Bayswater / Kewdale