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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Dec 2007  
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Crime and Safety NSW, 2007

CRIME AND SAFETY NSW, 2007

Crime and Safety, NSW, 2007 (cat. no. 4509.1) provides summary data on household break-ins, attempted break-ins, motor vehicle thefts, personal robberies and assaults and sexual assaults, for the 12 months prior to the survey. It also contains information as to whether the last incident was reported to the police, and details of people's perceptions of crime problems in their neighbourhood.

Main findings include:
  • More people in New South Wales were assaulted in the twelve months to April 2007 than in the previous year, the victimisation rate for assault in 2007 was 4.4%, up from 3.5% in 2006.
  • Victimisation rates for robbery (0.6%) and sexual assault (0.5%) remain unchanged from the previous year.
  • The rate of crimes against households – break and enter, attempted break and enter, and motor vehicle theft - also remained steady between 2006 and 2007, at around 6.5% of NSW households.
  • Reporting rates (offences reported to the police) for most offences have not changed except for attempted break and enter, up from 22% to 34%.

Victimisation Rates for Personal Crime — 2003 to 2007

Graph: Victimisation rates for personal crime - 2003 to 2007
Source: Crime and Safety, NSW, 2007 (cat. no. 4509.1)

Victimisation Rates for Household Crime — 2003 to 2007

Graph: Victimisation rates for household crime - 2003 to 2007
Source: Crime and Safety, NSW, 2007 (cat. no. 4509.1)

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Michael Clarke (02) 9268 4166, or email client.services@abs.gov.au.

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