Orana tops list of crime hotspots

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A burglary occurred almost once a week in Orana last year, according to new WA Police crime statistics.

Statistics analysed by the Albany Advertiser have Orana ranked as the worst suburb for home break-ins in 2017, with 48 homes burgled in the calendar year.

Orana emerged as the hotspot for home burglaries, replacing Spencer Park, which held the mantle as the worst suburb in 2015 and 2016.

Home break-ins in Orana more than doubled last year, with 48 recorded compared with 21 in 2016, while burglaries in Spencer Park were down from 57 to 46.

In total, 120 more burglaries were committed last year than in 2016, with Orana (48), Spencer Park (46) and Yakamia (40) the hot spots out of the total of 345 burglaries across Albany suburbs.

While recorded burglaries dropped in Spencer Park (nine fewer) and Centennial Park (10 fewer), the other 19 suburbs analysed all experienced a rise.

After experiencing no burglaries or assaults in 2016, Goode Beach recorded one burglary, one domestic assault and one stealing offence to lose its tag of being crime-free.

Albany CBD and Orana led the way for all assaults, with 55 each in the calendar year.

The majority (44) of the assaults in the CBD were non-domestic, while 33 of the 55 assaults in Orana were domestic incidents.

Albany CBD racked up the most total crime offences last year with 561, ahead of Spencer Park (333), Orana (316), Yakamia (242), McKail (188) and Lockyer (181).

On the new crime statistics portal, which was updated late last year, police outlined assaults and antisocial behaviour, family violence, burglary, stealing and illicit drugs as the key crime offences.

Data is updated quarterly and available for the public to search on the WA Police website, with the tool giving data comparisons between suburbs for all offences, as well as regional WA and metropolitan crime trends.

Because of ongoing police investigations, offence counts were subject to revision until incidents were finalised.

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