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Home invasions fell by 3,617 in the year to February 2021. Image – Canva.
  • Excluding graffiti, property-related crimes fell in the twelve months to February 2021
  • Number of home invasions down by 38% or 3,617 offences

Statistics released by South Australia Police (SAPOL) has revealed that trespasses against homeowners have fallen in the past year.

The February crime statistics show that the number of home invasions fell by 3,617 – a 38% decrease.

Taking into account other offences against property such as trespass to non-residential property, theft of motor vehicles, fraud and property damage, total offences against property fell by 25% over the 12 months to February 2021.

Graffiti is the only offence against property that increased during this time frame – by 4% – however, all other types of offences fell by double-digit figures.

Sadly, family and domestic abuse-related offences increased by 5% – again, only those reported to Police are counted, so this could be an underestimate.

“South Australians deserve to feel safe in their own homes and have peace of mind,” said Police Minister Vincent Tarzia.

“The Marshall Liberal Government makes no apologies for cracking down on criminals who think they have the right to storm homes without severe consequences.”

Vincent Tarzia, Police Minister

In a statement, the South Australian Government referred to an incident during the early hours of 9 February where a group of home invaders wearing balaclavas entered into a West Lakes shore residence and assaulted a 25-year old. The criminals then stole the vehicle before SAPOL’s State Tactical Response team located the car and arrested a woman and man with the invasion.

Mr Tarzia said this was a prime example of SAPOL’s crackdown on such behaviour.

“Like those allegedly involved in the West Lakes Shore incident, you will be caught, and you will meet the full force of the law.”

“Drugs and illegal activity have no place in our community and will not be tolerated.”

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