Alleged Offender Incidents

An alleged offender incident is an incident involving one or more offences where a person, business or organisation has been linked as an alleged offender. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link).

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 latest crime data by area. 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. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link).

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. In the 12 months to June 2020, the number of alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Property and deception offences increased by 10.4% (6,059 incidents), Other offences increased by 1,588.7% (5,910 incidents), Crimes against the person increased by 12.2% (5,482 incidents), Justice procedure offences increased by 11.4% (2,749 incidents) and Drug offences increased by 17.1% (2,396 incidents).

In the year ending June 2020 data two new COVID-19 related offences codes were introduced (837AP REFUS/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ AUTH OFF (IND) 6,036 offences and 837AQ REFUS/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ AUTH OFF (B/C)) and are included in the Public health and safety offences. For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of June 2020 please see Recorded offences or the Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the last five years, the number of alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Crimes against the person increased by 19.2% (8,153 incidents), Property and deception offences increased by 11.4% (6,572 incidents), Other offences increased by 1,144.0% (5,777 incidents), and Justice procedures offences increased by 26.3% (5,581 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 (External link), refer to this information when comparing data over time. 

 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
Date of Publication