A recent spike in crime is part and parcel of a growing population, City of Ballarat mayor Des Hudson said.
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Mr Hudson warned against alarmism after crime statistics revealed 55 aggravated burglaries were reported to police in the first three months of 2015 – more than double the number reported in the previous quarter.
“They are the growing concerns of a growing city.
“Yes the statistics have shown an increase but we need to be mindful and not be alarmist and say we live in a safe city, so people have the sense they can go out and participate in civic life.
“When we are a city of over 100,000 these are the consequences and that's why it is about communities working together but the main thing we would emphasise is Ballarat is still a safe city and people should feel comfortable in coming out and engaging in community life.”
An open letter from Victoria Police on Monday acknowledged a “recent spate of aggravated burglaries and carjackings across the state”, most often committed by people aged between 15 and 24.
Mr Hudson said the majority of young people “did the right thing” and were “engaged in education”.
“We see many different opportunities across our city in sports clubs and for young people to be involved in music but not all people will take up those options.”
Crime Statistics Agency data showed an increase across almost all categories of theft and burglary between October and December 2015 and the most recent quarter from January to March 2016.
Theft from motor vehicles jumped almost 200, from 378 offences to 568.
Motor vehicle theft also increased, from 125 to 148.
Non-aggravated burglary increased slightly, from 292 to 311 and fewer thefts from retailers were reported.
Data compiled by RACV Insurance showed the number of burglary claims made by Ballarat residents had jumped 81 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year.
Ballarat residents made 129 burglary claims in 2015, making the city the seventh “most burgled” municipality in the state, according to RACV statistics.
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