The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its Victorian recorded crime statistics for the year ending 31 March 2018. The recorded criminal incident rate was 5,876.3 per 100,000 population, down 10.9% from the previous year. The recorded offence rate was 7,773.2 per 100,000 population, down 9.5% from the previous year.
There were 380,150 criminal incidents recorded by Victoria Police in the year to March 2018, down by 8.8% compared to the same period last year. This decrease is attributed to incidents with a property and deception principal offence (including burglary, theft and deception), which decreased 12.3% and comprised around 3 in 5 of all recorded criminal incidents in Victoria in the last 12 months.
Recorded offences showed a 7.4% decrease compared to the same period last year, with a total of 502,858 offences recorded by Victoria Police.
Alleged offender incidents decreased by 0.6% to 173,388 offender incidents in the year to March 2018. Population growth was greater making the Victorian offender rate of 2,680.2 per 100,000 population, 2.9% lower than the previous year.
The victimisation rate decreased by 12.5% compared to the same period last year, making the rate 4,618.8 per 100,000 population in the year to March 2018.
Family related incidents decreased to 75,263, down by 3.2% compared to the same period last year.
Crime Statistics Agency Chief Statistician Catherine Andersson said that ‘the decrease in the criminal incident rate over the last 12 months is driven largely by a reduction in property and deception incidents’ adding that ‘the number of burglary incidents is the lowest in 7 years.’
Whilst offences have declined across most offence types in the last 12 months, sexual assault offences continued to increase. Ms Andersson stated that ‘the introduction of a number of new sexual offence codes in the last 3 years has contributed to this increase.’
Further information can be found in the latest crime statistics quarterly release, available from the CSA website:
For further information please contact:
Crime Statistics Agency
Phone: 8684 1808
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