Embargo: 9:00AM Thursday 19 March 2015
Crime Statistics Agency releases its first set of crime statistics
The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its first set of crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending 31 December 2014.
Recorded crime statistics show that there were 456,381 offences recorded by Victoria Police in 2014, up 4.3% compared to 2013.
The 2014 crime rate was 7,808.6 offences per 100,000 people, an increase of 2.5%.
Family related incidents continued to rise, up 8.2% to 68,134 in 2014.
Offender incidents increased 5.5% from 152,911 in 2013 to 161,249 in 2014.
Victim reports made to police have decreased by 0.6% compared to the same period last year, making the victimisation rate 4,773.5 per 100,000 population.
Crime Statistics Agency Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said she was pleased to release the Agency's first quarterly report.
'The Crime Statistics Agency's goal is to make crime statistics available to the Victorian community in a clear and accessible way, and today's release is the first step in doing this,' Ms Dowsley said. 'I would like to thank Victoria Police for their support and assistance in ensuring a smooth transition of crime reporting functions to the Crime Statistics Agency.'
The Crime Statistics Agency commenced operations on 1 January 2015. The Agency is responsible for processing, analysing and releasing rolling 12-month Victoria Police crime statistics every three months.
Further information, including Local Government Area data, can be found in the latest crime statistics quarterly release, available to download from the CSA website.
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