Geelong’s public transport network is among the most dangerous in the state, and the most crime-prone outside Melbourne, according to newly-compiled crime data.
323 offences linked to trains, buses and cabs were reported in Geelong during 2022, well ahead of second-placed Bendigo which recorded 182 crimes.
Numbers released by the Crime Statsitics Agency reveals offences in and around public transport soared by more than 40 per cent in the year to December.
Commuters in Melbourne’s CBD were the most likely to be impacted by criminal behaviour, with 1811 incidents in the city over the 12 months.
Greater Dandenong was second with 982 reported offences, followed by Brimbank (469) and Frankston (423).
337 incidents were reported in the Wyndham Local Government Area (LGA).
Geelong topped the list for LGAs outside of Melbourne, followed by Greater Bendigo with 182 offences.
Almost 80 percent of offences linked to public transport were related to the rail network, with 60 per cent of incidents occurring at train stations and 12 per cent in station car parks.