Alleged offender incidents

An alleged offender incident is an incident involving one or more offences where an individual, business or organisation has been recorded as an alleged offender. An alleged offender incident represents one alleged offender but may involve multiple victims and offences. One incident may involve offences that occur over a period of time but if processed by Victoria Police as one incident, it will have a count of one in the data presented in this section.

There may be multiple incidents within the reference period that involve the same individual, business or organisation as an offender, where this occurs they will be counted for each incident. If there are multiple alleged offenders related to a criminal event, each will have their alleged offender incident counted once in the figures.

Where there were multiple offences recorded within the one incident, the incident is assigned an offence category of the most serious offence in the incident, referred to as the principal offence.

 

Key movements in the number and rate of alleged offender incidents

 

Victorian alleged offender incidents and rate per 100,000 population, 10 year trend

 

 

 

 

In the last 12 months there was an increase in the number of alleged offender incidents (11,517 incidents) and a 45.2% increase (55,610 incidents) from the year ending March 2010. The number of alleged offender incidents are the highest in CSA data holdings, which go back to July 2004.

 

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.

In the last 12 months the number of alleged offender incidents increased across all principal offence categories. In the last five years Public order and security offences and Other offences were the only offence categories to decrease.

Alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Crimes against the person has increased in the last 12 months (up 7.9% or 3,630 incidents), and the past 5 years (up 22.1% or 8,919 incidents). Property and deception offences has increased in the last 12 months (up 4.8% or 3,027 incidents), and the past 5 years (up 24.7% or 12,985 incidents).

By principal offence, the category that made up the largest proportion of alleged offender incidents in the year ending March 2019 was Property and deception offences (36.7% or 65,637 incidents), followed by Crimes against the person (27.6%).

 

Alleged offender incidents by principal offence, 5 year trend

 

In the past 12 months alleged offender incidents with a principal offence Justice procedures offences increased by 11.1% (2,747 incidents) to 27,578 incidents. Since the year ending March 2015 this category has increased 18.7% (4,344 incidents) up from 23,234 alleged offender incidents.

Alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Drug offences have increased 13.0% (1,763 incidents) in the past year, comprising 15,369 alleged offender incidents. This offence division made up 8.6% of all alleged offender incidents in the year ending March 2019.

In contrast alleged offender incidents with a principal offence of Public order and security offences decreased (down 1.5% or 304 incidents) in the last 12 months. In the last 5 years this offence type decreased 12.4% (2,877 offences).

 

Sex and age of alleged offenders

Of the 178,731 alleged offender incidents recorded in the last 12 months, 178,709 incidents were allegedly committed by a person, while the remainder were a business or organisation. Of the person alleged offender incidents 78.8% were a male offender and 21.2% were a female offender. The remaining alleged offenders had an unknown sex.

Overall person alleged offender incidents increased in the year ending March 2019, up 6.9% (11,508 incidents). The number of male alleged offender incidents increased by 6.2% (8,176 incidents) from the previous year, while female alleged offender incidents increased by 9.6% (3,332 incidents) from the previous year.

 

Alleged offender incidents by sex and age, year ending March 2019

 

In the last 12 months alleged offenders aged between 10–19 years decreased 0.5% from 28,652 to 28,508 incidents. The proportion of alleged offenders aged between 10–19 years has decreased from 19.5% in March 2015 to 16.0% of the total alleged offender incidents in the last 12 months.  

While male alleged offenders aged 10–19 years decreased 3.1%, from 22,534 to 21,846 in the last year, female alleged offenders aged 10–19 years increased by 8.9% from 6,118 to 6,662. For female alleged offenders in this age group the 10–14 year age group increased 1.8% or 29 incidents in the last 12 months while those aged 15–19 years increased 11.5% from 4,488 to 5,003 incidents.

 

Outcome

Approximately two in every five alleged offender incidents (39.0% or 69,659 incidents) recorded in the past 12 months resulted in an Arrest, while 46,589 (26.1%) resulted in a Summons and 39,115 (21.9%) were recorded with a status of Intent to Summons. There were 10,397 (5.8%) alleged offender incidents where a Caution or Official warning was issued.

An Intent to Summons is an interim investigation status and is not necessarily the final outcome of an incident. As the data is captured at a point in time, the investigation status of each incident is subject to change.

 

Alleged offender incidents by outcome, year ending March 2019

 

Other includes: Penalty infringement notice, not authorised, warrant issued, notice to appear, presentment and other statuses.

 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019

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