The Crime Statistics Agency has today released the Victorian recorded crime statistics for the year ending 30 September 2018.
In the last 12 months the number of criminal incidents dropped by 1.6% or 6,388 incidents to 384,183, the lowest since the year ending September 2015. The criminal incident rate also declined by 3.8% to 5,938.7 incidents per 100,000 Victorians, the lowest rates since the year ending September 2014.
The number of recorded offences decreased by 1.6% to 508,597, the lowest since the year ending September 2015. The offence rate dropped 3.9% to 7,861.9 offences per 100,000 Victorians, the lowest since the year ending September 2014.
Alleged offender incidents increased by 1.2% to 173,684 in the last 12 months. Victorian population growth contributed to the alleged offender rate dropping 1.1% to 2,684.8 per 100,000 population.
In the year ending September 2018 the number of victim reports recorded decreased 2.8% to 299,994, the lowest since September 2015. The rate decreased by 5.0% in the last 12 months to 4,637.3 victim reports per 100,000 Victorians, the lowest in the last 10 years.
Family related incidents increased 3.5% in the last 12 months to 78,001 incidents. The family incident rate increased by 1.2% to 1,205.7 incidents per 100,000 population.
Crime Statistics Agency Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said that “the key measures of recorded crime have continued to decline in the year ending September 2018, these figures are similar to those reported in 2014 and 2015.”
Further information can be found in the latest crime statistics quarterly release, available from the CSA website: http://www.crimestatistics.vic.gov.au/crime-statistics/latest-crime-data/