Due to a rise in imported ethnic violence, Victorians are feeling less safe in their homes than 5 years ago.
Victorians are feeling increasingly less safe at home alone at night and walking around their neighbourhoods, according to new data that shows a five-year spike in public safety fears in the state.
A Productivity Commission report into justice services, released today, reveals 79.1 per cent of Victorians felt safe when they were at home by themselves at night last financial year, a sharp decline compared with 90.4 per cent recorded in 2013-14.
Victoria, which has been gripped by a series of crimes involving Sudanese gangs, a terrorist incident last June and the Bourke Street massacre, matches the Northern Territory in recording the equal-lowest percentage of people who felt safe at night in 2016-17.
The state also registered the lowest percentage of residents who felt safe walking during the day and after dark.