This data has now been superseded and is for historical reference only.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.
A victim report is counted when an individual, business or organisation is recorded on LEAP as being a victim of one or more criminal offences. A victim report involves only one victim but can involve multiple offences and alleged offenders. One report may involve offences that occur over a period of time but if processed by Victoria Police as one report it will have a count of one in the data presented in this section.
Where there were multiple offences recorded within the one victim report, the report is represented by an assigned offence category of the most serious offence, this is referred to as the principal offence.
4.1 Key movements in the number and rate of victim reports
Victim reports, 10 year trend
4.2 Sex and age of victims
In the last 12 months, 219,792 victims were people and 79,008 victims were businesses or organisations.
The section below outlines the demographic characteristics where the victim is a person and where this information was recorded by Victoria Police. Of the 214,873 victim reports where a sex was recorded, 55.0% (118,267 victim reports) involved a male victim, while 45.0% (96,606 victim reports) involved a female victim.
Victim reports by age group and sex, year ending March 2018
Patterns of age are similar between men and women where a victim report was recorded by Victoria Police, however proportionally, female victims are concentrated in the younger age groups with 21.8% of female victims below 25 years of age compared to 18.2% of males. There were slightly more male victims in the older age groups than females, with 35.9% of males aged 45 and over compared with 31.1% of women.
Victims of a Property and deception offence were more likely to be males, making up 57.8% (89,923) of the victim reports in this offence category. For the offence category Crimes against the person, females were more likely than males to be victims with 53.3% (34,209) of this offence category.
4.3 Number of victim reports by principal offence category
In order to assign an offence type to a victim report with multiple offences, the most serious offence within a report is determined and this becomes the principal offence for the victim report.
Of the 298,800 victim reports in the last 12 months, 234,193 (78.4%) had a principal offence of Property and deception offences, 64,529 reports (21.6%) were Crimes against the person and Other offences (78 reports) made up the remainder of all victim reports.
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