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May 18 2011

Crime in Australia

Crime Statistics in Australia

Crime Stoppers Australia – www.crimestoppers.com.au

Australian Crime Statistics 2008

A selection of crime rates for offence categories during 2008 were:

Murder

  • 1.2 victims per 100,000 persons,
  • 1.2 in 2007

Attempted murder

  • 1.1 victims per 100,000 persons,
  • 1.2 in 2007

Kidnapping and abduction

  • 3.7 victims per 100,000 persons,
  • 3.5 in 2007

Robbery

  • 77.2 victims per 100,000 persons,
  • 85.6 in 2007

Blackmail and extortion

  • 2.0 victims per 100,000 persons,
  • 2.0 in 2007

Motor Vehicle Theft

  • 1999 : 129,552 or 682 per 100,000 population
  • 2009 : 59,649 or 273 per 100,000 population

http://abcdiamond.com.au/motor-vehicle-theft

Unlawful entry with intent

  • 1,131 victims per 100,000 persons in 2008
  • 1,182 in 2007

Source:

Crime Statistics in Australia
Crime Statistics can be found at:

NSW Crime

NSW Recorded Crime Statistics

For suburb by suburb Crime Figures look at: Lawlink NSW

Queensland Crime

QLD Regional Comparisons

2008-09 figures:
Murder

  • QLD 3 per 100,000
  • SEQLD 1 per 100,000
  • Brisbane Central 3 per 100,000

Assault

  • QLD 449 per 100,000
  • SEQLD 400 per 100,000
  • Brisbane Central 1,820 per 100,000

www.abcdiamond.com/australia/assault-crime-in-queensland/

2006/2007

  • Homicide: 4.0 per 100,000 population in 2006/07
  • Residential Burglary: 158 per 100,000 population in 2006/07
  • Theft of motor vehicle: ?? per 100,000 population in 2006/07
  • Assault: ?? per 100,000 population in 2006/07

www.abs.gov.au

Crime in Queensland 2008

Victims who knew the offender:

  • 55% Homicide and related offences
  • 49% Assaults recorded by Queensland police.
  • 64% Sexual assault victims.
  • 21% Kidnapping/ abduction victims
  • 13% Robbery victims

2008 – Top 20 Queensland Burglary Hot Spots

  • 1 – Toowoomba : 2007= 4
  • 2 – Forest Lake : 2007= 2
  • 3 – Runcorn : 2007= 10
  • 4 – Sunnybank : 2007= 11
  • 5 – Moorooka : 2007= n/a
  • 6 – Sunnybank Hills : 2007= n/a
  • 7 – Eight Mile Plains : 2007= 14
  • 8 – Whitefield : 2007= n/a
  • 9 – Regents Park : 2007= 26
  • 10 – Nerang : 2007= 23
  • 11 – Inala : 2007= 40
  • 12 – Upper Coomera : 2007= n/a
  • 13 – Southport : 2007= 1
  • 14 – Parkinson : 2007= n/a
  • 15 – Deception Bay : 2007= 20
  • 16 – Marsden : 2007= n/a
  • 17 – Springwood : 2007= n/a
  • 18 – Nundah : 2007= n/a
  • 19 – Paddington : 2007= n/a
  • 20 – Crestmead : 2007= n/a

It is reported that about 40% of Queenslanders leave their doors unlocked, and that is the most common form of entry by Burglars.

2007 – Top 20 Queensland Burglary Hot Spots

  • 1 – Southport
  • 2 – Forest Lake
  • 3 – Kirwan
  • 4 – Toowoomba
  • 5 – Morayfield
  • 6 – Bundaberg
  • 7 – Burpengary
  • 8 – Calamvale
  • 9 – Pacific Pines
  • 10 – Runcorn
  • 11 – Sunnybank
  • 12 – Helensvale
  • 13 – Bray Park
  • 14 – Eight Mile Plains
  • 15 – Labrador
  • 16 – Narangba
  • 17 – Torquay
  • 18 – Buderim
  • 19 – Carina
  • 20 – Deception Bay

Melbourne, Victoria. Crime Figures
Victoria Police Statistics at – www.police.vic.gov.au

This report shows :

  • Homicide: 7.4 per 100,000 population in 2007/08
  • Residential Burglary: 1,078.3 per 100,000 population in 2007/08
  • Theft of motor vehicle: 1,054.9 per 100,000 population in 2007/08
  • Assault: 2,628.7 per 100,000 population in 2007/08

Official Release Crime Statistics for 2007-08

Western Australia Crime Figures
Search W.A. suburbs for details on offence groups of Assault, Burglary (dwelling), Burglary (non-dwelling), Steal Motor Vehicle, Robbery and Graffiti, the most commonly requested by the public.

WA – Burglary hot spots – October 2006

  • 7.51% Spalding (Geraldton)
  • 6.51% Rangeway (Geraldton)
  • 5.90% Hilton
  • 5.09% White Gum Valley
  • 4.52% Westfield
  • 4.17% Beaconsfield
  • 4.12% Koondala
  • 4.08% East Victoria Park
  • 3.98% Beeliar
  • 3.95% Balga

(Source RAC INsurance)

FEELINGS OF SAFETY
2009 Feelings of Safety Figures

Approximately 83% of persons felt safe or very safe when at home alone during the day, compared with 69.5% feeling this way after dark.
Conversely, 2.50% of persons felt unsafe or very unsafe when at home alone during the day, compared with 4.3% at home alone after dark.

Across the states and territories there were only slight variations in feelings of safety.
The proportion of persons feeling safe or very safe during the day ranged from 76.7% in Northern Territory to 87.5% in the Australian Capital Territory.
Similarly, the proportion of persons feeling safe or very safe after dark ranged from 62.5% in the Northern Territory to 75.3% in Tasmania.

2005 Feelings of Safety Figures
Approximately 82% of persons felt safe or very safe when at home alone during the day, compared with 72% feeling this way after dark. Conversely, 4.0% of persons felt unsafe or very unsafe when at home alone during the day, compared with 8.3% at home alone after dark.

Across the states and territories there were only slight variations in feelings of safety. The proportion of persons feeling safe or very safe during the day ranged from 80% in South Australia and Western Australia to 85% in Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. Similarly, the proportion of persons feeling safe or very safe after dark ranged from 69% in South Australia and Western Australia to 76% in Tasmania.

Perceptions of safety varied between males and females, particularly after dark, when 80% of males compared with 64% of females felt safe or very safe when at home alone. Feelings of safety also varied according to age, with 84% of persons aged 15 to 19 years and 83% of persons aged 20 to 24 years feeling safe or very safe when at home alone during the day, compared to 78% of persons aged 65 years and over.

2002 Feelings of Safety Figures
Approximately 80% of persons indicated that they felt safe or very safe when at home alone during the day, compared with 69% feeling this way after dark.
Conversely, 4% of persons felt unsafe or very unsafe when at home alone during the day, compared with 10% at home alone after dark.

Across states and territories there was some variation in feelings of safety:

  • 77% of persons in New South Wales, compared with 83% of persons in Queensland indicated they felt safe or very safe when at home alone during the day
  • 66% of persons in Western Australia, compared with 73% of persons in the Australian Capital Territory indicated they felt safe or very safe when at home alone after dark.

Perceptions of safety varied between males and females, particularly after dark, when 78% of males compared with 61% of females felt safe or very safe when at home alone. Feelings of safety also varied according to age, with 42% of persons aged 15 to 19 years compared to 23% of persons aged 65 years and over feeling very safe when at home alone during the day.

ABS Recorded Crime

Document 4510.0 – Recorded Crime – Victims at
www.abs.gov.au
PDF file at:
www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/2005.pdf

and

www.aic.gov.au/…2007.pdf
Some quotes regarding the use of weapons during a crime, from the above link are:

  • The proportion of robberies in which a weapon was used increased from 36% in 1995 to 46% in 1998 and has since generally declined to 36% in 2004. For those robberies that involved a weapon, the proportion involving a firearm decreased from 28% in 1995 to 14% in 2000, and has been stable from 2000 to 2004 at 15%.
  • The proportion of kidnappings/abductions where a weapon was used also fluctuated from 11% in 1995 to 23% in 1999. Since 1999, this proportion has declined to 13% in 2004.
  • A firearm was used in 5% of robberies recorded in 2004, the lowest proportion since national reporting began in 1993.
  • The proportion of murders involving a firearm was 13% in 2004. This has decreased significantly since 1996 when 32% of murders involved a firearm.
  • For attempted murders in 2004, a firearm was used in 23% of offences, marginally above its low of 19% in 1998 and well below its high of 31% in 1999.

2005 Figures:
There were 7,855,600 households in Australia in April 2005. In the 12 months prior to the survey it was estimated that:

  • 259,800 (3.3%) households were victims of at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed
  • 205,400 (2.6%) households had at least one attempted break-in
  • 427,100 (5.4%) households overall were victims of either a break-in or an attempted break-in
  • 74,800 (1.0%) households had at least one motor vehicle stolen.

In total, 488,200 households were victims of one or more of these selected household crimes, equating to an overall household victimisation prevalence rate of 6.2%.

2002 Figures
There were 7,479,200 households in Australia in April 2002. In the 12 months prior to the survey it is estimated that:

  • 354,000 (4.7%) households were victims of at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed
  • 254,600 (3.4%) households found signs of at least one attempted break-in
  • 553,500 (7.4%) households overall were victims of either a break-in or an attempted break-in
  • 134,300 (1.8%) households had at least one motor vehicle stolen.

In total, 665,400 households were victims of these selected household crimes. That is, an estimated 8.9% of households experienced at least one of these crimes in the 12 months prior to the survey.

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