New CSA research finds chronic offenders responsible for large proportion of crime in Victoria

The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has released its seventh 'In Fact' research paper entitled "Characteristics of chronic offenders in Victoria". This research follows previous CSA research which focused on young alleged offenders.

Chronic offenders (those that were responsible for more than 10 recorded offender incidents during the study period) made up 6.3% of all alleged offenders, and were responsible for 43.9% of all offender incidents recorded during the 10-year study period.

Characteristics of age, sex, country of birth, offence type and outcome of investigation were analysed by offending frequency. For chronic offenders, just over half were aged under 25 years (at the time of their first recorded incident in the study period), more than 4 in 5 were male and similarly more than 4 in 5 were born in Australia. The most commonly recorded offence type for chronic offenders was non-aggravated burglary, and the most commonly recorded police outcome was arrest.

The paper Characteristics of chronic offenders in Victoria is available here.

The media release for this paper is available here.