BALLARAT police have established a dedicated group to tackle the city’s rising burglary rates.
Dubbed “the burglary crew”, the experienced group of detectives and general duties police have been tasked to solve the crimes and reduce the rates of burglaries across Ballarat.
Inspector Bruce Thomas confirmed the crew was formed in direct response to the latest crime statistics, released yesterday.
The statistics for the 2012-13 financial year show 801 residential burglaries were recorded in the Ballarat Police Service Area, up from 752 the year before.
On the flip-side, commercial burglaries were actually down 29.4 per cent.
Inspector Thomas said home burglaries were always a concern to Ballarat police and all efforts would be made to reduce the rate of offences.
The release of statistics came after three offenders broke into JB Hi Fi in Mair Street in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Senior Constable Neville Leishman said thieves broke through the front glass doors and roller door of the business just after 1am.
He said the offenders stole thousands of dollars worth of goods, including a “large number” of iPhones, iPads and Samsung Galaxy mobile phones.
Forensic police from Ballarat Crime Scene Services were examining the scene yesterday, climbing under a small gap created in the roller door by the offenders just hours earlier.
The front sliding doors in front of the roller door were smashed near the lock, while the roller door itself sustained significant damage.
CCTV footage shows three offenders rummaging through the store, setting the alarm off which activated the lights.
All three offenders fled shortly afterwards in a small black car.
Police are today continuing their hunt for the offenders and have asked anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information can call Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit on 5336 6080.