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1234.0 - Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), 1997  
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Contents >> Chapter 3: Definitions >> 12 Property Damage and Environmental Pollution

Division 12 - Property Damage and Environmental Pollution

The wilful and unlawful destruction, damage or defacement of public or private property or the pollution of property or a definable entity held in common by the community.

For this division 'destruction' means altering the property in any way so as to make it imperfect or inoperative.

This division is further disaggregated into subdivisions on the basis of whether property was damaged by pollution or by other means.

Offences in this division are classified into the following subdivisions:

    121 Property Damage
    122 Environmental Pollution

    Exclusions:
    Possessing any object with intent to destroy or damage property. These should be coded to Group 1314, Criminal Intent
    Threats to damage or destroy property. These should be coded to Group 1613, Threatening Behaviour.


Subdivision 121 - Property Damage

The wilful and unlawful destruction, damage or defacement of property excluding pollution.

For this subdivision, 'property' means something of a tangible nature, including money, land, conveyances, animals, capable of being owned either privately or publicly.

For this subdivision 'destruction' means altering the property in any way so as to render it imperfect or inoperative other than polluting.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of whether property damage occurred as result of fire or explosion or other means.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    1211 Property Damage by Fire or Explosion
    1212 Graffiti
    1219 Property Damage, nec

    Inclusions
    :
    Damage/kill flora/fauna
    Rioters causing property damage
    Tamper with a motor vehicle

    Exclusions
    :
    Property damage to a structure where entry was unlawfully obtained. This is coded to Group 0711, Unlawful Entry with Intent/Burglary, Break and Enter
    1211 Property Damage by Fire or Explosion
    Property damage caused by fire or explosion

      Inclusions
      :
      Arson
    1212 Graffiti
    Property damage caused by the application of substances (e.g. paint, posters and/or plastic, metal or wood based compounds) to the surface of the property.

      Inclusions
      :
      Graffiti/deface building
      Bill posting

      Exclusions
      :
      Vandalism
    1219 Property Damage, nec
    Property damage other than by fire or explosion.

      Inclusions
      :
      Vandalism
      Sacrilege
      Kill/injure cattle or other animals
      Damage/obstruct mines
      Tamper with a motor vehicle

      Exclusions
      :
      Graffiti/ deface building. These are coded to Group 1212, Graffiti
      Bill posting. This is coded to Group 1212, Graffiti


Subdivision 122 - Environmental Pollution

Actions leading to the polluting of property.

For this subdivision 'property' is deemed to be the definable entities of air, water, noise or the environment generally that are held in common by the community.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of the nature of the element of the environment polluted.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    1221 Air Pollution Offences
    1222 Water Pollution Offences
    1223 Noise Pollution Offences
    1229 Environmental Pollution Offences, nec

    Exclusions
    :
    Offences concerned with motor vehicle pollution. These are coded to Group 1422, Roadworthiness Offences
    Offences involving breaches of environmental rules and regulations but not actually involving pollution. These are coded to Group 1691, Environmental Regulation Offences
    1221 Air Pollution Offences
    Actions leading to the polluting of air.
    1222 Water Pollution Offences
    Actions leading to the polluting of water utilities.
    1223 Noise Pollution Offences
    Actions leading to levels of noise exceeding government regulations.
    1229 Environmental Pollution Offences, nec
    Environmental pollution offences not elsewhere classified in Subdivision 122, Environmental Pollution.





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