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Latest crime statistics show stabilisation in victimisation and family incidents
The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its recorded crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending 30 June 2017.
Approximately 3 in every 100 people were individual victims of crime and 1.5 people in every 100 were alleged to be offenders in Victoria in the year to June 2017.
The person victimisation rate was 3,295.3 victims per 100,000 Victorians in 2016–17, a decrease of 1.0% from last year. There were multiple reports recorded for 8.2% of person victims in the past year. This was higher for organisations, where repeat victim reports were recorded for 28.5% of organisations.
The offender rate was 1,530.7 per 100,000 Victorians. The offender rate increased 2.5% from the previous period. The average age of alleged offenders has continued to rise, from 32.8 years in 2015–16 to 33.1 years in 2016–17. Trends showing a decreasing proportion of younger offenders under 25 years have continued. A third of alleged offenders had more than one incident in 2016–17.
There were 533,194 offences recorded in 2016–17, of which 16.9% were family violence related. The offence rate decreased 2.0% from 8,835.6 per 100,000 Victorians in 2015–16 to 8,659.2 per 100,000 in 2016–17.
Crime Statistics Agency Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said that there had been a decrease in family incidents in Victoria. There were 76,500 family incidents recorded by Victoria Police in 2016–17.
‘In the last 12 months the rate of family incidents in Victoria decreased by 3.3%, compared to the previous year when the rate increased by 7.8%.’ Ms Dowsley said.
‘In more than half of the local government areas across the state there have been reductions in family incident rates. Of 79 Local Government Areas, 46 recorded a decrease in family incident rates in the last 12 months.’
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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