Unique Alleged Offenders

A unique alleged offender is a person who has been recorded by Victoria Police as an alleged offender within the reference period and is represented as a count of one in the data. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link).


Key movements in the number and rate of unique alleged offenders

Victorian unique alleged offenders and rate per 100,000 population, 10 year trend

Unique Alleged Offenders - Tabular Visualisation

The unique alleged offenders 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.


Sex and age of unique alleged offenders

In the year ending 30 June 2020, of the 87,353 unique person alleged offenders 66,727 (76.4%) were male and 20,622 (23.6%) were female. The number of male unique alleged offenders have increased 7.1% (4,436 unique alleged offenders) in the last 12 months. In the past five years there has been a 10.5% increase unique alleged offenders, up 6,335 alleged offenders from 60,392 in the year ending 30 June 2016. The number of female alleged offenders have increased 8.3% (1,576 unique alleged offenders) in the last 12 months, while the five year increase is 19.2% (3,324 unique alleged offenders) up from 17,298.

In the year ending June 2020 data two new COVID-19 related offences codes were introduced (837AQ and 837AP) 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.

Proportion of unique alleged offenders by age group, July 2015 to June 2020

Repeat offending

Repeat offending is defined as when people have been linked to more than one criminal incident within a 12 month financial year reference period. People who have been alleged offenders across financial year reference periods will only be counted in each of the relevant reference periods.

Of the 87,353 unique alleged offenders recorded in the year ending June 2020, 65.4% (57,145) were only involved in one incident during the reference period. Males were more likely to have been involved in multiple incidents, with 35.8% of male alleged offenders linked to more than one incident, compared to 30.7% of females. 

Unique alleged offenders, number of repeat offender incidents by age group, year ending June 2020


Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
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