Crime rates in Moonee Valley have declined since 2014, however property and deception offences remain a significant issue in the local community.
The Crime Statistics Agency’s recent data of year ending 2016 outlines 6551 counts of property and deception offences including theft and breaking and entering in the Moonee Valley area.
Owner of Impulse Fashions in the Puckle St Precinct John Caio says that since he first opened, 39 years ago, he has experienced 10 break ins – two in the last 12 months.
“Before the last two, it had been 10 years since our last break in.”
Member of the local traders association and President of the Moonee Ponds Chamber of Commerce Jason Farrugia says these crimes have a massive impact on local traders.
“As a trader that was broken into whist we were on Puckle Street, it put immense pressure financially.
“We couldn’t trade properly for a few days in addition to the added stress an inconvenience dealing with the damage.”
“I’m in a business where I need to minimise risk as much as possible so appropriate insurances and monitored CCTV plays a major part for me,” says Farrugia.
These offences are 6 times more likely to occur than any other criminal offence – over 13 times more likely than local drug offences.
Owner of Curators Collective in Queens Park, Essendon Rebecca Cunningham said her café was robbed just last week, stealing wine barrels late at night.
“People back in cars and steal plants from the gardens,” says Cunningham.
Retailer John Caio says he has implemented many ways to try and prevent these crimes.
“I have pushed the council for years to put bollards at the front of the shop.”
The local council has since approved of the installation after police became involved.
Whilst property and deception offences remain high, Moonee Valley’s overall crime rate remains low compared to other regions of metropolitan Melbourne.