Home burglaries in Perth in decline

Deputy Commissioner Gary Dreibergs and Police Minister Michelle Roberts.
Deputy Commissioner Gary Dreibergs and Police Minister Michelle Roberts.

THE number of home burglaries in Perth in the past financial year was the lowest number in the past 10 years.

There were 17,867 dwelling burglaries reported for the 2018-19 financial year compared to the 22,312 reports for the 2015 – 16 financial year.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said there has been a 19.9 per cent decline in the number of burglaries in the Perth metro and 16.9 per cent decline State-wide in the past three years.

“That represents one of the lowest rate of burglaries on record,” she said.

“You have to go back to 2009, 2010 to get back to that same number of burglaries.

“That’s four and a half thousand fewer home burglaries per year.”

Deputy Commissioner Gary Dreibergs said the standout areas were the Fremantle and Armadale districts, which had a decline of about 10 per cent in the past 12 months.

Meanwhile, police have observed a rise in burglaries in the Kimberley, which was attributed to youth crimes.

Mr Dreibergs said the metropolitan police districts went through significant re-structure in the past 12 months.

“We provided our front line officers with a stretch target to attend all home burglaries within two hours,” he said.

“The teams now also work longer hours across the days.”

— If you are a victim of a home burglary, contact the police on 131 444.

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