Alleged offender incidents

This data has now been superseded and is for historical reference only. For the most accurate data, the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) recommends the use of data from the most recent release. The CSA does not recommend the use of this data to make comparisons over time.

An alleged offender incident is an incident involving one or more offences where an individual, business or organisation has been recorded as an alleged offender. An alleged offender incident represents one alleged offender but may involve multiple victims and offences. One incident may involve offences that occur over a period of time but if processed by Victoria Police as one incident, it will have a count of one in the data presented in this section.

There may be multiple incidents within the reference period that involve the same individual, business or organisation as an offender, where this occurs they will be counted for each incident. If there are multiple alleged offenders related to a criminal event, each will have their alleged offender incident counted once in the figures.
Where there were multiple offences recorded within the one incident, the incident is assigned an offence category of the most serious offence in the incident, referred to as the principal offence

Key movements in the number and rate of alleged offender incidents

Victorian alleged offender incidents and rate per 100,000 population, 10 year trend

 

In the last 12 months there was an increase in the number of alleged offender incidents (7,781 incidents) and a 38.1% increase (48,748 incidents) from the year ending June 2010. The number of alleged offender incidents are the highest in CSA data holdings, which go back to July 2004.

Number of alleged offender incidents by principal offence category

To best represent the type of offence associated with an incident involving multiple offences, the most serious offence within the incident is determined and this becomes the principal offence to represent the incident.

In the last 12 months the number of alleged offender incidents increased across all principal offence categories, except for Public order and security offences which decreased by 1.7% (351 incidents). In the last five years Public order and security offences (down 13.4% or 3,056 incidents) and Other offences (down 31.2% or 196 incidents) were the only offence categories to decrease.

Alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Crimes against the person increased in the last 12 months (up 7.8% or 3,568 incidents), and the past 5 years (up 21.7% or 8,824 incidents). Property and deception offences increased in the last 12 months (up 2.1% or 1,341 incidents), and the past 5 years (up 20.5% or 10,959 incidents).

By principal offence, the category that made up the largest proportion of alleged offender incidents in the year ending June 2019 was Property and deception offences (36.5% or 64,531 incidents), followed by Crimes against the person (28.0% or 49,484 offences).

Alleged offender incidents by principal offence, 5 year trend

In the past 12 months alleged offender incidents with a principal offence from the Justice procedures offences category increased by 7.7% (1,956 incidents) to 27,423 incidents. Since the year ending June 2015 this category has increased 13.2% (3,206 incidents) up from 24,217 alleged offender incidents.

Alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Drug offences have increased 8.7% (1,216 incidents) in the past year, to 15,201 alleged offender incidents. This offence division made up 8.6% of all alleged offender incidents in the year ending June 2019.

Sex and age of alleged offenders

Of the 176,837 alleged offender incidents recorded in the last 12 months, 176,821 incidents were allegedly committed by a person, while the remainder were related to a business or organisation. Of the person alleged offender incidents 78.6% (138,894 incidents) were a male offender and 21.4% (37,918 incidents) were a female offender. The remaining alleged offenders had an unknown sex.

The number of all person alleged offender incidents increased in the year ending June 2019, up 4.6% (7,780 incidents). The number of male alleged offender incidents increased by 3.5% (4,703 incidents) from the previous year, while female alleged offender incidents increased by 8.8% (3,068 incidents) from the previous year.

Alleged offender incidents by sex and age, year ending June 2019

In the last 12 months alleged offenders aged between 10–19 years increased 1.0% from 28,203 to 28,476 incidents. In this age group the 10–14 year age group decreased 9.4% (543 incidents) to 5,206 incidents in the last 12 months while those aged 15–19 years increased 3.6% from 22,454 to 23,270 incidents.

While male alleged offenders aged 10–19 years decreased 1.9% from 22,212 to 21,797 in the last year, female alleged offenders aged 10–19 years increased by 11.4% from 5,991 to 6,676. For female alleged offenders in this age group the 10–14 year age group increased 10.6% or 160 incidents in the last 12 months while those aged 15–19 years increased 11.7% from 4,477 to 5,002 incidents.

The proportion of alleged offenders aged between 10–19 years has decreased from 19.2% in June 2015 to 16.1% of the total person alleged offender incidents in the last 12 months while those aged 20 years and over increased from 79.0% to 83.2%.

Outcome

Almost two in every five alleged offender incidents (38.9% or 68,822 incidents) recorded in the past 12 months resulted in an Arrest, while 46,153 (26.1%) resulted in a Summons and 39,076 (22.1%) were recorded with a status of Intent to Summons. There were 10,566 (6.0%) alleged offender incidents where a Caution or Official warning was issued.

An Intent to Summons is an interim investigation status and is not necessarily the final outcome of an incident. As the data is captured at a point in time, the investigation status of each incident is subject to change.

Alleged offender incidents by outcome, year ending June 2019

Other includes: Penalty infringement notice, not authorised, warrant issued, notice to appear, presentment and other statuses.
 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Date of Publication

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