Melbourne Brighton ‘Bec Judd’ crime wave escalates as ritzy suburb rocked by ANOTHER home invasion
A single mother’s home invasion has shocked celebrity WAG Bec Judd’s neighbors in the wealthy Melbourne suburb she says is being hit by a spate of terror crimes.
Judd is demanding more police protection for glitzy Brighton, eight miles from the CBD, after a string of break-ins, break-ins and expensive car thefts.
Now neighbor and former My Kitchen Rules reality show contestant Zana Pali has chimed in, backing Judd and claiming that two more incidents are putting locals on edge.
Former My Kitchen Rules contestant Zana Pali (seen here with partner Gianni Romano) has supported neighbor Bec Judd during the crime wave that hit Melbourne’s wealthy suburb of Brighton
Two more incidents have shocked the neighbors of celebrity WAG Bec Judd, who she says is hit by a terrifying crime wave
“Another burglary in Brighton last night,” she wrote on Instagram on Monday. “This time it was a friend of ours who woke up crying and screaming.
‘My friend’s house has been broken into. She is a single mother – luckily she and her children are safe.’
Ms Pali claims the latest incident happened just two days after a group of youths in the area were reported to be scouting homes to be targeted.
She posted a warning late last week from another neighbor saying the gang matched the description of other youths previously seen in the area.
“Stay alert!” warned the mail. “A group of four or more men has been marching through the streets and driveways of Asling Street.
“They’re probably going through the neighborhood. No photos but clear description of my neighbor appear to be similar groups of people from past events.’
The incident comes after footy WAG Bec Judd spoke out about the rising crime wave hitting Brighton and her war of words with Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews
The latest fears come after Ms Judd became embroiled in a war of words with Victoria Prime Minister Dan Andrews over the rising crime rate in the city’s affluent Bayside area.
Victoria Prime Minister Dan Andrews Andrews dismissed Bec Judd’s comments as ‘broadening assessment’
She took to social media to be furious: ‘So sick of the gang rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of Bayside.
“The state government doesn’t seem to care. We feel unsafe.’
Mr Andrews dismissed her comments as a “broad assessment” but said he was “not interested in arguing with Ms Judd”.
He added: ‘I am also obliged to point this out, although I believe there are over 70 additional police in the Bayside area.
“And the most recent crime statistics released by an independent agency would not support those sweeping assessments of crime patterns.”
Zana Pali claims the latest incident happened just two days after a group of youths in the area were reported to have been scouting homes to be targeted.
However, it was later revealed that the 70 additional police officers have since been deposed, and the latest crime data paints a more complex picture.
Burglaries and burglary statistics for Brighton in 2022 reveal a sharp spike from last year, from 115 incidents to 145.
But that figure is actually the lowest in 10 years if you exclude the lockdown-affected data from 2021.
And overall crime for the suburbs is also at its lowest level in 10 years.
Mrs. Pali, however, insisted, “Be careful.
‘Crime data’ [for] 2022 has finally been released and there has been an increase in aggravating break-ins in Brighton, despite initially being denied due to low 2020-2021 crime rates, data on lockdowns.
‘There must be action, this is NOT OK.’
Earlier this month, a Melbourne mother of two told the Daily Mali Australia about her fear after a gang of teenagers wandered into her home while she and her family slept upstairs.
The teenage thieves fled in the Brighton family’s luxury cars before the gang was fired upon by police in St Kilda.
Two boys, ages 13 and 14, were later arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, car theft and other crimes.
Mother Emily Meredith-Smith asked, ‘What are they going to do about it?
“We need more protection here. It’s terrible. “For the first few days after that, I was just in shock. Now I’m just angry.
“I was told that one of the boys had 13 charges against him before he stole my car and was on his way to commit more crimes.
“I know they’re just young children – but why aren’t they being held by the authorities any longer…and where are their parents?”
CCTV footage showed the gang trying to steal another car on the street before one was caught on Mrs. Meredith-Smith’s doorbell camera sneaking into their house.
The gang wandered around the house on Cochrane Street in Brighton before taking the keys to the Audi SQ5 and Subaru Outback family and driving into the night around 1:30 am. One of the cars was running out of fuel when they stole it and 50 minutes later they had to stop for refueling at a St Kilda petrol station when a patrol car spotted them, before an officer opened fire on the vehicle when it hit an officer and tried to flee the scene
Emily Meredith-Smith, mother of two from Melbourne, has shared her fear of a gang of teenagers wandering around her house while she and her family slept upstairs
The four youths wandered in while Ms. Meredith-Smith and her husband and two daughters, ages 13 and 15, slept upstairs in their Cochrane Street home in Brighton.
The teenage thugs grabbed a handbag and the keys to the Audi SQ5 and Subaru Outback family before driving into the night around 1:30 am.
One of the cars was running out of fuel when they stole it and 50 minutes later they had to stop for refueling at a petrol station in St Kilda when a patrol car spotted them.
While police attempted to routinely check the vehicle, the gang drove up to one of the officers and knocked him down before running away.
The gang knocked down one officer and another officer opened fire on the vehicles as they fled the scene, shattering the rear window and puncturing the bodywork.
Another officer opened fire on the car, with shots smashing into the rear window and hitting the bodywork, but the car did not stop and fled.
The family fears the break-in followed a car break-in two weeks earlier – and are now terrified the gang will come back to beat them again.
“That’s the scariest thing – knowing they broke into my car and two weeks later they came back and broke into the house,” said Mrs. Meredith-Smith.
‘That feeling of not feeling safe. Thinking, “Okay, they’ll probably come back in a month and try again.” Who knows?
“You’re just not very reassured that they’re not going to do it again.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Pali for comment. Victoria Police said they needed more specific details of the alleged violations before they could respond.