Unique alleged offenders

In the year ending 30 June 2019, there were 84,989 unique alleged offenders recorded by Victoria Police, up 6.3% (5,048 unique alleged offenders) compared to the same period last year. This is the highest number of unique alleged offenders recorded in CSA data holdings, which go back to July 2004.

The offender rate increased 4.1% to 1,472.1 per 100,000 population in the past 12 months, equating to approximately 1.5 unique alleged offenders for every 100 people across the state.

Unique alleged offenders, 10 year trend

Sex and age of unique alleged offenders

In the year ending 30 June 2019, of the 84,965 alleged offenders where a sex was recorded, 65,092 (76.6%) were male and 19,873 (23.4%) were female. The number of male alleged offenders have increased 5.4% (3,331 alleged offenders) in the last 12 months. In the past five years there has been a 5.0% increase unique alleged offenders, up 3,109 alleged offenders from 61,983 in the year ending 30 June 2015. The number of female alleged offenders have increased 9.4% (1,708 alleged offenders) in the last 12 months, while the five year increase is 15.9% (2,728 alleged offenders) up from 17,145.

Proportion of unique alleged offenders by sex, July 2014 to June 2019

In the last 12 months the average age for alleged offenders where sex was recorded has increased to 33.9 years, this is the highest in CSA data holdings, which go back to July 2004. The average age for male alleged offenders was 34.2 years and the average age for females was 33.2 years. This is the highest average age for both males and females in CSA data holdings.

Unique alleged offenders by sex and age, July 2018 to June 2019

The age group with the highest number of alleged offenders in the current year was 25–29 years. This age group accounted for 12,243 unique alleged offenders (14.4%). There has been a trend over the last five years of a decreasing proportion of alleged offenders under the age of 25 years (from 33.8% to 28.1%) and an increase in the proportion of offenders aged 25 years or older (65.3% to 70.9%).

Proportion of unique alleged offenders by age group, July 2014 to June 2019

Family violence related unique alleged offenders

Of the 84,973 unique alleged offenders who were people, almost one third (26,850 or 31.6%) were involved as either an affected family member or other party in a family incident at least once in the 12 months to 30 June 2019. Male unique alleged offenders had a higher proportion of family related incidents within the reference period at 33.3% (21,677), whereas female alleged offenders who were involved in at least one family incident comprised 26.0% (5,172) of all female unique alleged offenders.

Proportion of unique alleged offenders involved in a family incident by sex, July 2014 to June 2019

Unique alleged offenders under 25 years of age

In the year ending June 2019, there were 7,422 unique alleged offenders aged under 18 years, up 1.4% compared to the same period last year. Of these alleged offenders under 18 years, 69.6% (5,163) were male and 30.4% (2,256) were female. Two thirds of alleged offenders under 18 years were aged between 15 and 17 years (69.6%).

Unique alleged offenders aged 18 to 24 comprised 19.4% (16,488) of all alleged offenders, and increased 2.5% (403 alleged offenders) compared to the same period last year. Unique alleged offenders 25 years of age and over comprised approximately two thirds of all unique alleged offenders in the year ending June 2019, and have been increasing steadily as a proportion over the past five years (65.3% to 70.9%).

Proportion of unique alleged offenders by age groups, year ending June 2019

Repeat offending

Repeat offending is defined as when people have been linked to more than one criminal incident within a 12 month financial year reference period. People who have been alleged offenders across financial year reference periods will only be counted in each of the relevant reference periods.

Of the 84,973 unique alleged offenders recorded in the year ending June 2019, 66.5% (56,499) were only involved in one incident during the reference period. Males were more likely to have been involved in multiple incidents, with 34.4% of male alleged offenders linked to more than one incident, compared to 30.6% of females.

Unique alleged offenders, number of repeat offender incidents by age group, year ending June 2019

The age group with the highest proportion of repeat alleged offenders in the year ending June 2019 was males between 30–34 years (38.7%), who had an average of 2.2 incidents within the last 12 months. Male alleged offenders aged 35–39 had the next highest proportion of repeat alleged offenders (38.5%) with an average of 2.1 incidents.
 

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

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