Bizarre sign appears in cashed-up suburb

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Residents in one of Melbourne’s most cashed-up enclaves have been warned to lock down their home security after a wave of crime in the area.

Signs along Beach Rd in Brighton are telling locals to “be mindful” of their home security.

The beachside posts with warnings to “lock your house and car” come after Brighton witnessed 151 more criminal incidents in 2022 compared with 2021.

Local MP James Newbury told NCA NewsWire the issue represented a “huge spike” of criminal activity in the area, located in Melbourne’s Bayside.

“There has been a 578 per cent increase in aggravated burglaries in Brighton over the last 10 years – nine to 52 each year,” he said.

“Daniel Andrews refuses to accept the huge spike in vicious crimes on our family homes or build Brighton a needed police station. Instead, we get a flashing sign.

Brighton residents have been warned about security after a spike of crime in the area.Brighton residents have been warned about security after a spike of crime in the area.

“That criminal will be laughing at us as they break into our homes.”

The latest saga comes after WAG and Brighton local Bec Judd made waves last year after saying she felt “unsafe” in her mansion after a spike in “rapes, bashings and home invasions”.

Judd took to Instagram earlier this year to accuse the Victorian state government of allowing crime to get out of hand in the cashed-up area.

“So sick of the rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of gangs in Bayside,’’ she wrote in an Instagram story.

“The state government don’t seem to care. We feel unsafe.”

However, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews retorted at the time by saying he’s “not interested in having an argument with Ms Judd” after she claimed the state government didn’t care about Brighton residents’ safety concerns.

“I’m also obliged to point out, though, I think there are more than 70 additional police in the Bayside area,” Mr Andrews said at the time.

Recent data from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency revealed Bayside’s total number of criminal incidents was 12.9 per cent higher in 2022 compared with 2021.

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