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).

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 and daily activities; 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 COVID-19 public health response was supported by the introduction of new COVID-19-related offences codes relating to breaches of Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (External link). There were 37,505 breach of CHO Directions offences recorded in the 12 months to 30 December 2020, driving the significant increase in Public health and safety offences, here is a breakdown by offence code:

  • 837AP - REFUS/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ AUTH OFF (IND) – 32,619 offences
  • 837AQ - REFUS/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ AUTH OFF (B/C) – 83 offences
  • 837AR - REF/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ WEAR FACE COVER – 4,163 offences
  • 837AT - REF/FAIL COMPLY REQ SELF-ISO/QUARANTINE – 40 offences
  • 837AV - LEAVE RESTRICTED AREA W/O VALID REAS/EXC – 333 offences
  • 837AW - REF/FAIL COMPLY REQ-PRIV/PUB GATHERINGS – 265 offences
  • 837AX - REFUSE/FAIL COMPLY DIRECTN/REQ AUTH OFF – 2 offences.

For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime and the number of unique alleged offenders associated with these offences please see the CSA paper Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic: update to the end of December 2020.

 

Key movements in the number and rate of alleged offender incidents

 

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 (External link). Data for these visualisations are available via the Download data button on the latest crime data (External link) webpage.

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, 2021
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2021
Date of Publication