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CRIME AND JUSTICE

Includes: estimates of crime, crime trends, courts, imprisonments, community corrections, reoffenders, emergency services and people's perceptions about crime and safety. Detailed statistics are available in 1338.1 NSW in Focus - Crime and Justice - 2007 (29 Kb, xls).

Crime and Justice, NSW Summary table

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006

Crime survey estimates

Victims of personal crime
1. Robbery %
1.0
1.0
1.0
0.8
0.7
0.4
0.7
2. Assault %
3.6
4.2
4.8
3.5
3.8
4.8
3.5
3. Sexual assault(a) %
*0.2
0.5
*0.4
*0.5
0.4
0.5
*0.2
4. Total persons %
4.4
5.1
5.7
4.5
4.5
5.4
4.2
Victims of household crime
5. Break and enter %
5.6
6.3
5.0
5.1
3.8
3.7
3.5
6. Attempted break and enter %
3.5
4.4
3.7
3.9
3.2
2.7
3.1
7. Motor vehicle theft %
1.7
2.4
2.1
1.5
1.2
1.1
1.0
8. Total households %
9.4
11.4
9.6
9.4
7.4
6.8
6.8

Reported crime

Selected crime reports
9. Murder victims no.
103
104
97
92
69
81
90
10. Assault victims no.
69 486
76 795
80 570
80 819
78 883
80 993
80 468
11. Sexual assault victims no.
3 757
3 901
3 942
4 151
4 476
4 267
4 095
12. Theft incidents(b) no.
457 550
462 776
410 195
365 472
327 199
303 061
296 402
Crime incidents cleared within 90 days
13. Murder victims %
72.8
64.4
67.0
56.5
68.1
76.5
nya
14. Assault %
62.6
62.2
63.1
63.0
64.5
63.8
nya
15. Sexual assault %
32.2
28.8
25.8
23.0
22.3
21.7
nya
16. Theft(b) %
11.9
11.3
11.8
11.8
11.8
11.5
nya
17. Sworn police officers(c) no.
13 172
13 296
13 716
14 091
15 009
14 643
14 634

Courts

Local courts
18. Persons charged no.
121 362
130 888
130 555
133 105
135 808
139 407
nya
19. Charges determined no.
203 807
238 595
240 525
237 487
241 210
246 386
nya
20. Proportion of finalised cases with persons found guilty %
r87.9
r88.2
r86.5
r84.5
86.8
86.5
nya
21. Average imprisonment(d) months
4.9
5.2
5.5
5.8
5.9
6.0
nya
Higher courts
22. Persons charged no.
3 831
3 733
3 664
3 673
3 623
3 556
nya
23. Charges determined no.
6 812
6 808
7 014
7 248
7 386
7 687
nya
24. Proportion of finalised cases with persons found guilty %
r75.9
r74.7
79.9
80.6
80.2
80.6
nya
25. Average imprisonment(d) months
27.5
28.5
28.3
29.8
30.4
29.3
nya
26. Adults convicted and reoffending within 24 months(e) %
30.9
30.5
29.8
28.3
nya
nya
nya

Corrections

27. Persons in corrective custody(f)(g) no.
8 545
8 717
8 604
8 811
9 271
9 760
9 911
28. Persons in community based corrections no.
na
17 958
17 340
17 104
17 005
18 200
17 843
29. Indigenous prisoners %
14.6
15.1
17.2
17.6
16.9
17.1
19.9
30. Prisoners with prior imprisonment(h) %
51.5
54.3
54.4
53.3
55.8
61.8
57.3

* estimate is subject to sampling variability too high for most practical purposes
na not available
nya not yet available
r revised
(a) Females aged 18 years and over only.
(b) Includes Break and enter dwelling, Receiving or handling stolen goods, Motor vehicle theft, Steal from motor vehicle, Steal from retail store, Steal from dwelling, Steal from person, Stock theft, Fraud and Other theft.
(c) Counts are headcounts at 30 June, except for 2002-03.
(d) Life imprisonments are excluded.
(e) The earliest appearance in each calendar year for each person is counted as the reference appearance.
(f) Includes persons in full-time custody and periodic detention. Includes ACT prisoners held in NSW prisons.
(g) From October 2006, custodial data includes prisoners in court cells administered by corrective services and transitional centres.
(h) Refers to prior adult imprisonment under sentence.

SOURCES:

Data in this table are compiled from multiple sources. Information on these sources is available below.
Summary table indicators

ABS data available on request, ABS National Crime and Safety Survey
. .
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, NSW Criminal Courts Statistics, 2005
18-25
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Recorded Crime Statistics Database
9-16
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Reoffending Database
26
Corrective Services, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4512.0)
27-28
Crime and Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4509.0)
1-8
Crime and Safety, New South Wales (ABS cat. no. 4509.1)
1-8
NSW Department of Corrective Services, Annual Reports 2003-04 - 2005-06
17
Prisoners in Australia (ABS cat. no. 4517.0)
29-30
Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services Provision (SCRGSP) 2007, Report on Government Services, 2007, Productivity Commission, Canberra
. .

. . not applicable

For links to the ABS publications cited above, see Related Information.

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