New statistics released by the Crime Statistics Agency reveal that there were 456,381 offences recorded by police in 2014, up 4.3% compared to the same time last year. The 2014 crime rate was 7,808.6 offences per 100,000 people, an increase of 2.5%.
Other State wide figures
- 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.
Between 2013 and 2014, the major offence categories that showed a significant upward trend were:
- Sexual assault and related offences (up 9.5% from 9,806 to 10,738)
- Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour (up 10.8% from 10,573 to 11,719)
- Dangerous or negligent acts endangering people (up 14.4% from 3,776 to 4,320)
- Breaches of orders (up 56.9% from 29,497 to 46,295)
- Regulatory driving offences (up 95.8% from 24 to 47)
- Miscellaneous offences - including cruelty to animals, environmental, public health and safety and dangerous substance offences (up 26% from 373 to 470)
The major offence categories that showed a significant downward trend were:
- Robbery (down 11.1% from 2,723 to 2,421)
All other offence categories were stable.
Local Government Area level figures
The five Local Government Areas with the highest offence rates were:
- Melbourne (26,246.9 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, down 6.3%)
- Latrobe (15,721.5 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 13%)
- Yarra (14,864.9 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 11.2%)
- Horsham (12,050.6 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 29.6%)
- Wangaratta (11,617.7 offences per 100,000 estimated resident population, up 29.9%)
For a detailed breakdown of the data, click to view the crime statistics quarterly release
For a breakdown of offences at the LGA level, click to access the CSA crime by location tool