Key Figures: Year ending December 2019

State wide figures

  • The number of criminal incidents recorded by Victoria Police in the year to 31 December 2019 was 403,807, up 4.6% from 386,205 incidents recorded in the same period last year. 
  • The number of offences recorded by Victoria Police in the year to 31 December 2019 was 536,690. This is up 4.7% from 512,386 offences recorded in the same period last year. 
  • Alleged offender incidents increased 6.2% to 180,456 in the year to 31 December 2019, up from 169,987.
  • Victim reports increased in the year to 31 December 2019 by 5.6% (16,832) to 317,675 victim reports.
  • Family incidents increased in the year to 31 December 2019, up 6.6% from 79,342 to 84,550.

 

Local Government Area level figures

Criminal Incidents

The five Local Government Areas with the highest criminal incident rates in the year ending December 2019 were:

  1. Melbourne (14,930.6 incidents per 100,000 estimated resident population, down 5.7%)
  2. Latrobe (13,380.4 incidents per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 1.6%)
  3. Yarra (11,034.9 incidents per 100,000 estimated resident population, down 3.9%)
  4. Mildura (9,980.7 incidents per 100,000 estimated resident population, down 0.2%)
  5. Greater Shepparton (9,540.3 incidents per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 1.6%).

 

Recorded Offences

The five Local Government Areas with the highest criminal incident rates in the year ending December 2019 were:

  1. Melbourne (20,030.3 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, down 5.8%)
  2. Latrobe (18,523.0 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, down 4.6%)
  3. Yarra (13,441.3 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, down 3.2%)
  4. Mildura (13,302.3 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 0.6%)
  5. Greater Shepparton (13,257.1 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 0.1%).

 

Crime category trends 

For the year ending December 2019, the offence subdivisions that showed significant upward trends in the last 24 months were:

Criminal Incidents Recorded Offences
  • Robbery
  • Robbery
  • Stalking, harassment & threatening behaviour
  • Stalking, harassment & threatening behaviour
  • Theft
  • Theft
  • Drug use & possession
  • Drug use & possession
 
  • Breaches of orders

 

All other major offence categories did not show a significant upward trend over the last 24 months.

For the year ending December 2019, the offence subdivisions that showed a significant downward trend in the last 24 months were:

Criminal Incidents Recorded Offences
  • Dangerous & negligent acts endangering people
  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct
  • Transport regulation offences

 

All other major offence categories did not show a significant downward trend over the last 24 months.

For a detailed breakdown of the data go to the (External link)latest crime data webpage and for explanatory information and definitions, see the Explanatory Notes (External link) and Glossary (External link).