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4526.5.55.001 - Home Safety and Security, Western Australia, Oct 2004  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/04/2005   
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April 7, 2005
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
One in Twenty WA Households Victims of Break-ins: ABS

One in twenty (5%) Western Australian households had been a victim of a break-in or an attempted break-in during the 12 months prior to October 2004, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey released today.

The Home Safety and Security survey also found that more than one-quarter (26%) of these households had been a victim of either a break-in, or an attempted break-in, more than once.

Less than half of Western Australian households had deadlocks (42%) or security screens (45%) on all of their external doors at the time of the survey. Just over one-quarter (27%) of households had a security/burglar alarm installed.

An estimated four out of every 10 break-ins or attempted break-ins occurred during a weekday in daylight. The survey also found:
  • Over one-third (37%) of actual break-ins occurred when someone was at home in the dwelling.
  • Some 40% of households, who had most recently been a victim of an actual break-in, reported the point of entry was unlocked at the time of the incident.
  • The most common point of entry for all attempted and actual break-ins was a window that was not visible to neighbours or passers-by (29%).
  • Seniors households (where at least one person was aged 60 years or over) were half as likely (3%) to be a victim of a break-in or attempted break-in compared with other households (6%).

An estimated seven in 10 Western Australian households had working smoke alarms installed in October 2004. Publicly rented households were more likely (90%) to have working smoke alarms installed than other households (69%).

Other information on smoke alarms includes:
  • Some 15% of households that had working smoke alarms installed (that were at least 12 months old) had never tested them.
  • Almost one-fifth (18%) of households that had working battery-powered smoke alarms installed (that were at least 12 months old) had never changed the batteries in those smoke alarms.

Further information is available in Home Safety and Security, Western Australia (cat. no. 4526.5.55.001).

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