POLICE have issued a warning for Wangaratta residents to lock their doors after new statistics showed burglary offences rose 32 per cent to 194 in the past year.
The Victoria Police statistics were released last week and also revealed a 1.4 per cent drop in total crime across the Wangaratta Police Service Area (PSA) in the 12 months to March.
But Wangaratta itself had a total crime increase of 5.8 per cent, including a 2.5 per cent rise in crime against the property, which includes burglaries, thefts and criminal damage.
Wangaratta PSA commander, Inspector David Ryan, said the city had a spike in burglaries at the end of 2012 and start of 2013.
“We’ve had significant issues of late with residential properties,” he said.
“We’ve now returned to where we were.”