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
Alleged Offender Incidents - Tabular Visualisation
The alleged offender incidents data visualisation contains the number and rate of alleged offender incidents recorded in Victoria, and demographic characteristics of alleged offenders. You can also view crime data by local government area in the Crime by location tool. Data for these visualisations are available via the Download data button on the latest crime data webpage.
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.
Notable movements – alleged offender incidents
In the last 12 months, the number of alleged offender incidents increased across all principal offence categories, except for Public order and security offences and Other offences. In the 12 months to March 2020, the number of alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Crimes against the person increased by 8.5% (3,996 incidents), while Property and deception offences increased by 4.4% (2,772 incidents) and Justice procedure offences increased by 6.4% (1,701 incidents).
In the last five years, the number of alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Crimes against the person increased by 18.2% (7,830 incidents), Property and deception offences increased by 11.0% (6,552 incidents) and Justice procedures offences increased by 13.8% (3,431 incidents).
Alleged offender incidents by principal offence, 5 year trend
Please note that movements in recorded crime data may be impacted by changes in legislation and operational police practice. Information is available about notable changes in the Explanatory Notes , refer to this information when comparing data over time.
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