Media Release: Key crime measures begin to stabilise after pandemic-related declines

The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) released the Victorian recorded crime statistics for the year ending 31 December 2022 today.

The rate of recorded offences remained stable, up 0.5% to 7,332.9 per 100,000 Victorians in the last 12 months, while the number of offences increased 1.2% to 483,441. All offence categories increased in the last 12 months, except for category F Other Offences which decreased by 10,286 offences or 87.1% to 1,525 (related to Breach of Chief Health Officer offences, which had been recorded at higher levels during the first two years of the pandemic). 

In the 12 months to 31 December 2022 the number of criminal incidents remained stable, up slightly, 0.4% or 1,412 to 349,852 incidents. The rate also remained stable, down slightly 0.3% to 5,306.6 per 100,000 Victorians, the lowest level since the year ending 2005.

Alleged offender incidents increased 7.0% to 162,750 in the last 12 months, as did the rate up 6.0% to 2,803.5 per 100,000. 

The victimisation rate increased by 0.4% to 3,070.8 reports per 100,000 Victorians. The number of person-related victim reports was up 1.1% to 202,452 and organisation reports was up 4.4% to 68,067. 

Family incidents increased 1.3% in the last 12 months, with 92,296 incidents recorded across Victoria. The rate of family incidents also increased, up 0.6% to 1,400.0 incidents per 100,000 Victorians. 

CSA Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said that “the majority of offence types increased in the last 12 months, with notable increases in breach of bail offences and acquisitive crime types such as thefts”.

More detailed information is available on the latest crime data webpage.

For further information please contact: 
Crime Statistics Agency 
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Crime Statistics Agency, 2023
Crime Statistics Agency, 2023
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