By Meg Kennedy
Bacchus Marsh is the most popular suburb for crime in Moorabool, according to the latest data.
The end-of-year statistics for 2019, released by the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) showed Bacchus Marsh as the hot spot for crime, with 546 recorded criminal incidents for the year ending September 2019.
Darley came in second with 325 incidents, followed by Maddingley (221), Ballan (155) and Gordon (24).
Houses were the most common location that crimes occurred.
‘Other theft’ was the most popular principal offence subgroup, followed by criminal damage, stealing from a motor vehicle, breach of family violence order and residential non-aggravated burglary.
Although there was a slight decrease in 2019 for criminal incidents in Moorabool (1603) compared to 2018 (1747), state-wide statistics have risen.
CSA Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said that “the number of alleged offenders processed by Victoria Police [state-wide] has been increasing over the last several years.”
“Since the year ending September 2015 the number of alleged offender incidents recorded has increased 14.5%,” she said.