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

Since early 2020 Victoria has been responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic through the use of public health and social responses. In Victoria, these responses have resulted in periods with varying levels of restrictions on people’s movements; including working from home wherever possible, remote learning for students, the introduction of curfews, temporary closures of some businesses, restrictions on activities deemed non-essential, limits to social gatherings, and new hygiene sanitation practices, including the introduction of mask-wearing in public. The Victorian Government public health response to COVID-19 has been supported by the introduction of six new COVID-19-related offences codes relating to breaches of Chief Health Officer Directions. There were 32,713 breach of Chief Health Officer Directions offences recorded, driving the significant increase in Public health and safety offences.

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 September 2020, the number of alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Other offences increased by 9,528.0% (32,014 incidents), Crimes against the person increased by 9.7% (4,480 incidents), Drug offences increased by 20.7% (3,002 incidents), Property and deception offences increased by 4.9% (2,958 incidents) and Justice procedure offences increased by 7.5% (1,854 incidents).

In the year ending September 2020 data six new COVID-19-related offences codes were introduced and are included in the Public health and safety offences. For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of September 2020 please see Recorded offences or the CSA paper Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic: update to the end of September.

In the last five years, the number of alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Crimes against the person increased by 16.9% (7,297 incidents), Justice procedure offences increased by 21.6% (4,697 incidents), Drug offences increased by 32.3% (4,266 incidents) and Property and deception offences increased by 5.5% (3,294 incidents) while Public order and security offences decreased by 27.6% (5,493 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