Recorded Offences

Recorded offences include any criminal act or omission by a person or organisation for which a penalty could be imposed by the Victorian legal system. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link)

Key movements in the number and rate of offences

Victorian recorded offences and rate per 100,000 population, 10 year trend

Offences Recorded - Tabular Visualisation

The offences recorded data visualisation contains the number and rate of offences recorded in Victoria. 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 recorded offences by type of offence

Notable movements – recorded offences

In the last 12 months, the number of recorded offences increased in the all offence divisions except for Public order and security offences. In the 12 months to June 2020, the number of recorded offences with an offence type of Property and deception offences increased by 5.9% (16,838 offences), Other offences increased by 438.6% (6,119 offences), Justice procedure offences increased by 6.2% (4,740 offences) and Drug offences increased by 13.6% (4,412 offences).

The offence types that have contributed to the increase in Recorded offences include Steal from a motor vehicle up 11.9% or 6,621 to 62,430 offences, Public health and safety offences up 4,719.7% or 5,994 to 6,121 offences, Drug possession up 16.8% or 4,247 to 29,497 offences and Breach family violence order up 9.7% or 4,239 to 48,071 offences.

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)), together there were 6,062 offences recorded in Public health and safety offences. For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of June 2020 please see the Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the five years to June 2020, the number of recorded offences for Justice procedures offences increased by 15.4% (10,831 offences), Drug offences increased by 22.4% (6,762 offences) and Crimes against the person increased by 8.7% (6,646 offences), while Property and deception offences decreased by 5.0% (16,003 offences).

 

Victorian offences recorded by offence category, 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.

Police Assistance Line (PAL) and Online Reporting (OLR)

Victoria Police introduced the Police Assistance Line (PAL) and Online Reporting (OLR) service for non-urgent crimes state-wide on 1 July 2019 (a trial took place in a limited areas from 28 February 2019). This method of contacting police has been introduced to capture crimes that do not require an urgent response. The table below captures the number of offences recorded in LEAP through these new reporting channels.

 
For further information about the Police Assistance Line and online reporting is available in the Explanatory Notes (External link)

Offences recorded via Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting^ by offence type by quarter.

^ Data reflects the offence type recorded after Victoria Police action and may not reflect the initial non-urgent offence types reported via Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting.

 

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