Footy wag Bec Judd’s neighbors have complained to cops about crime in their area more than at any time in the past decade during Melbourne’s harsh 2020 lockdowns.
Judd last month caused a media storm when she claimed Dan Andrews’ government ‘seems not to care’ about ‘rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of Bayside gangs’.
The latest crime statistics on Thursday showed that crime in Victoria had fallen to 470,405 reported criminal offences, a drop of 11.5%.
Bec Judd (pictured) has launched a celebrity-led campaign against escalating violent crime making his suburb unsafe
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The fashionista’s public plea for help may be due to the latest crime statistics, which reveal her neighbors made more reports to police during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdowns than at any other time over the past decade.
While Melburnians spent much of the year locked down or living under severe Covid-19 restrictions, Bayside residents were busy phoning the police.
Crime reports soared in 2020 to 2,986 – up 513 reports from 2,473 the year before when lockdowns were not in place.
In the western suburban municipality of Brimbank – where the population is 201,608 compared to Bayside’s 105,580, crime reports rose by just 176 over the same period.
Judd’s fears of a ‘crime wave’ in his affluent suburb have been dashed by crime statistics released by Victoria Police.
In Bayside – the Melbourne borough which includes Brighton, Judd’s homeland – actual offenses fell by 807, from 5,212 in 2021 to 4,405 at the end of March this year.
Bayside had the second lowest number of recorded criminal offenses of any suburb in metropolitan Melbourne.
Bayside’s drop in offenses is also the smallest since 2015, when crime “climbed” to 4,315 offences.
Further west in Brimbank, crime there fell to 16,389 offenses while Hume – just a bit to the north – fell from 20,031 offenses to a meager 17,870.
Judd, who said she felt ‘not safe’ in her $7.3million mansion, voiced her fears after one of her neighbors was involved in a terrifying home invasion.
“I personally know two women who have experienced home invasions in Brighton over the past few weeks while at home,” she wrote on Instagram.
Bec Judd’s plea for help has gone viral
Bec Judd’s fears of increased crime not represented in latest stats
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews had a crack at Judd after his social media outburst
She reposted CCTV footage of a group of young men hiding outside properties in her affluent suburb and claimed it made her feel ‘unsafe’.
The teenagers, who were allegedly armed with knives, were filmed hiding in front of several properties in the Bayside area before stabbing a stolen BMW into a tree.
Victoria Police spokesman Joel Dwyer told Daily Mail Australia that Bayside was one of the safest places to live in the entire state.
“Although we have seen a number of serious incidents recently, Bayside remains an extremely safe place to live,” he said.
“In the twelve months to March of this year, Bayside saw a 15.5% decrease in overall crime.”
However, the latest statistics reveal that Judd has reason to be concerned when it comes to burglaries, which have risen from 383 to 432.
Compared to pre-pandemic levels, this was still significantly lower.
Figures show there were 232 fewer homes burglarized last year than in 2020, 162 fewer than in 2019 and 239 fewer than in 2018.
BAYSIDE CRIME AT A GLANCE
In the past five years, there have been only 12 home invasion offenses in the Bayside area, with only three recorded in the year ending March 2022, indicating that there are This is an extremely rare offense in the region.
By comparison, suburbs that have had a higher number of home invasions see around 20-30 home invasions occur each year.
Bayside ranks 14th highest LGA for aggravated burglaries, with 97 residential aggravated burglaries occurring in the year ending March 2022
These numbers represent a slight increase of eight offenses from the previous year, but similar to the statewide levels, compared to the year ending March 2020, we can see a significant decrease of 10 %.
Simply put, there were even fewer aggravated burglaries in the Bayside area than before the pandemic
Police note that aggravated burglaries were more likely to occur during the pandemic as more people were home longer
The number of assaults in the Bayside area is very low, with 56 major non-domestic violence assaults in the year ending March 2022, well over 600 fewer than the top-ranked suburb.
Bayside ranks 43rd in list of top local government areas for serious assaults
Rape offenses at Bayside have remained stable over the years, with 40 offenses recorded in the year ending March 2022, one more than the previous year.
Factors driving these stats can include domestic violence, known parties and can also include multiple offenses committed by one person
Since Judd’s call for help, Victoria Police have launched Operation Ibis, with police working in conjunction with specialist units such as the Victoria Police Criminal Investigation Unit, public order response and the Air Wing to act on real-time intelligence to identify and apprehend offenders.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews hit out at Judd last month after his outburst, saying he was ‘not interested in arguing with Ms Judd over Brighton’s crime problems’.
“I am also compelled to point out however, I believe there are over 70 additional police officers in the Bayside area, and the most recent crime statistics released by an independent agency would not support these thorough assessments on the patterns. of crime,” Mr Andrews said. said.
“I say that with respect to Bec Judd, or anyone – I don’t want anyone to feel unsafe,” he said. ‘I’m sorry she feels like this. The data would tell a different story, but it’s about personal feelings and your sense of security.
Former My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali also hit Instagram
Former My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali has thrown her support behind her friend Bec Judd after she bought land in Brighton, Melbourne’s fourth-richest suburb, last September.
Former My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali supported her friend Bec Judd
After an initial backlash, Judd received praise for his tough stance on crime in his area.
Among her backers was fellow reality TV star My Kitchen Rules Zana Pali, who also took to Instagram to say there was a ‘clear target’ on the Bayside that was causing ‘disgust’. anxiety and fear within the community.
The mother-of-two claimed ‘it was only a matter of time before someone was killed’ and said she had received ‘countless’ messages from other concerned locals who said that ‘they were afraid to sleep at night for fear of being robbed.
Judd argued crime was getting worse in his neighborhood and credited his attack on Mr Andrews with creating the new police task force.
“I’m glad my voice has brought to light the escalation of aggravated burglaries in Bayside,” Judd said. The Australian.
‘[While] we are grateful for the low rates of non-aggressive crime, the increasing nature of home invasion type crime in our local community is what makes residents, especially women, feel unsafe.
“I salute Operation Ibis and the 500 extra police officers promised to the people of Victoria.”