Overall, Australia’s crime rate has gone down over the last 15 years. This is certainly good news as it affirms the country’s effectiveness at maintaining peace and order.

Of course, this does not mean we should become slack  in ensuring  our homes and businesses are safe and secure. Theft and burglaries may occur anytime of the year – and not necessarily only during the night. These offences may also be committed by anyone, anywhere, which is why you cannot afford to become complacent with your home or commercial security.

We’ve previously talked about the most dangerous states in Australia. Now, let’s take a closer look at the statistics and compare data that relates to residential and commercial settings.

Comparing Locations

According to the figures released by the Australian Institute of Criminology, in 2011 most robberies (5,886) took place in community areas (streets, car parks, schools, and transport facilities), especially in streets and on footpaths. Following this are retail premises (3,519), which was three times more than those occurring at residential locations (908).

Looking into Property Crimes

Most incidences of unlawful entry with intent or burglary took place in homes, especially residential dwellings (134,269). Following this were retail locations (24,340). The least occurrences were in transport areas (408).

In addition, motor vehicle theft was most prevalent in outbuildings or on residential land (24,009) but outside the main structure. The second most notorious location for crime was on the streets (18,810). Overall, residential and community areas are hotspots for this type of violation.

In other instances such as theft, including shoplifting, pick pocketing, bicycle, and bag snatching, most of these events were committed in retail areas (160,532), with residential land or outbuildings (97,756) coming in second.

Overall, there have been more incidences of shoplifting, pick pocketing, bicycle theft, and bag snatching (487,573) than unlawful entry with intent (218,193).

The AIC concluded that, excluding residential locations that cannot be considered dwellings or outbuilding/residential land, 31% of property crime incidences occurred in retail areas. Residential dwellings added to 29%. On the other hand, recreational areas were the places least likely for such offences.

In previous years, “residential dwellings were the most common setting for property crime.” However, there was a shift in 2009, with retail locations taking the top spot.

The information aboveshould make you consider protecting your property more efficiently, especially if you’re running a business. Taking stock of these statistics and considering them when mapping out a commercial security strategy will help you reduce theft in your own retail, industrial, or corporate premises.

You can also talk to Eversafe Australia about effective solutions for protecting and improving your security measures. Call us on (03) 900 10 900 or email us at info@www.eversafe.com.au today!