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The Melbourne Suburbs Under Attack By Youth Crime Revealed.

The Herald Sun is reporting that they have obtained secret police crime maps that reveal the Melbourne neighbourhoods under attack by youth gangs.

The majority of the suburbs are close to rail corridors and major roads.

Documents were released to the newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act and showed that Melbourne's south-east was hit last year including parts of Murrumbeena, Carnegie, Mordialloc, Mentone and Sandringham. As well as these suburbs Elsternwick, Chelsea, Highett and Clarinda.

Police told the Herald Sun the crimes recorded on the maps were aggravated burglary, car theft and stealing from cars.

Southern Metropolitan Region Inspector Bernie Edwards said the documents were used to deploy officers to emerging hot spots on 24-hour patrols.

The crime hot spots look to follow the Frankston, Sandringham and Cranbourne/Pakenham rail lines and some areas were repeatedly attacked last year.

Up to 100 arrests have been made since the police introduced Operation Cosmas in May to help with the crime.

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