Reported crime increased by 36 per cent in Weston Creek late last year, with burglary, property damage and car theft on the rise, compared to the same time in 2014.
The latest December quarterly crime statistics from ACT Policing show 49 reports of burglary in Weston Creek, where people have either forced their way into a property, or entered unlawfully.
There were 67 cases of property damage and a big increase in reports of theft, with 182 cases of money or other goods stolen, a steep increase from the 112 cases reported 12 months earlier.
ACT Policing issued a statement in mid-December asking for witnesses to multiple vehicle break-ins in the Holder area.
Reports of crime also increased in Gungahlin (up 8.2 per cent), Belconnen (up 8 per cent) and Tuggeranong (up 7.8 per cent)
As more homes are built and cars and people move into the new suburbs of Molonglo, so too are criminals, according to the latest crime statistics.
Reports of criminal activity over the December quarter in Molonglo jumped from 58 to 181, a trend which is expected to continue as the area receives more people, according to police.
While the long-term trend shows crime is well behind population growth in Canberra, reports increased 6.5 per cent last quarter.
Territory-wide, motor vehicle theft rose by 28.5 per cent, property damage 25.8 per cent, offences against people 20.8 per cent, theft 15.5 per cent and burglary 11.9 per cent.
Reports of assault rose by 8.1 per cent and homicides increased from four to six incidents.
The October to December 2015 quarterly crime statistics show reports decreased in the Inner north and Woden, in a year-on-year comparison.
ACT Policing's acting superintendent of ministerial policy and performance, Adrian Craft, said it was natural to see ebbing and flowing in reports of crime.
"We are pleased that the longer term trends show crime reports have not matched population growth," Acting Superintendent Craft said.
"Crime reports have remained 21 per cent lower in 2015 than 2010, despite Canberra's population growing about 10 per cent in the same period," he said.
"As our city continues to grow, we are committed to delivering a policing service that ensures Canberra remains one of the safest cities in Australia."
Areas which recorded a decrease in the December 2015 quarter were Woden (down 4.2) and the inner north (down 3.8). Crime which decreased across Canberra included weapon and drug offences (down 11.9 per cent), robbery (down 6.1 per cent) and sexual assault (down 2.7 per cent).
"While we can do our part through enforcement, the support of the community is essential to reducing crime," Acting Superintendent Craft said.
"The community plays a significant role by reporting crime to police, by reporting suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers and by taking security measures to protect their property."