The Moorabool Shire area has seen a minor increase in reported crime in the last year.

Today’s figures from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency show a rise of 0.7 percent in overall incidents in the year ending March compared to the same period a year earlier – or 1644 reports compared to 1633.

All up 2213 offences were allegedly committed in the Shire.

Moorabool’s criminal incident rate per head of population is well under the Victorian average and has remained that way for at least a decade, although Moorabool experienced a spike across all towns and suburbs in 2016/2017 when it recorded a total of 1981 incidents.

The top area for reported crime remains Bacchus Marsh on 606 –  an increase of 537 on the 2018/19 figure.

Next were Darley (297, down from 318); Maddingley (216, down from 242); Ballan (154, down from 164) and Gordon (36). Hopetoun Park made the top five last year but not in 2020.

The most common crime was general theft – at 215 cases – which was down from 231 in 2018/19.

Moorabool Police also dealt with 167 cases of stealing from vehicles (up), 152 of criminal damage (down), 145 burglaries (up) and 102 reported breaches of Family Violence Orders (down).

All up officers in Moorabool dealt with 463 ‘family incidents’.

Of all crimes investigated, 33 per cent – or 543 – led to charges being laid. This was down from 43 percent in 2018/19.

Just over 12 percent (208) in 2020 resulted in no charges being laid, while more than 54 percent (893) were unsolved as of March 31.

Statewide, the crime rate rose 3.5 percent with increases in thefts, carjackings, home invasions, robberies and property damage.

Youth crime in Melbourne’s west has also spiked, with children aged 10-17 representing about 14 percent of offenders in the neighbouring City of Wyndham and 12 percent in Brimbank.

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We're LIVE with Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville regarding to the release of Crime Statistics Agency data for twelve months to the end of March 2020.

Posted by Victoria Police on Wednesday, 17 June 2020

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