Australian Bureau of Statistics
4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/02/2012
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Alcohol, drugs perceived to be involved in most assaults
Most victims of physical and face-to-face threatened assault in 2010–11 felt that alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in their most recent incident, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Victims aged 18 years and over were asked whether they perceived alcohol or other substances to be a contributing factor to their most recent incident. It was estimated that nearly two-thirds (64%) of physical assault victims thought this was the case; as did more than half (57%) of the victims of face-to-face threatened assault.
The majority of both male and female victims of physical assault believed that alcohol or drugs contributed to their most recent incident (71% of males and 56% of females). This was also the case for male victims (61%) and female victims (53%) of face-to-face threatened assault.
The Crime Victimisation Survey also found that victimisation rates for most personal and household crimes have remained stable since 2009–10, with the exception of malicious property damage.
The rate for malicious property damage fell from 9.1% in 2009–10 to 8.5% in 2010–11. An estimated 722,800 households were affected in 2010–11 with 1.1 million incidents nationwide.
In the 12 months prior to the survey it was estimated that 242,400 households were victims of break-ins (2.8% of households), 186,700 households (2.2%) were victims of attempted break-in and 70,200 households (0.8%) had a motor vehicle stolen.
When asked about social disorder problems in their neighbourhood, an estimated 35% (5.8 million) of people aged 18 years and over perceived noisy driving to be a problem and 34% (5.7 million) believed dangerous driving to be a problem. In contrast to this, 7.6% (1.3 million) felt the use or dealing of drugs to be a problem.
An estimated 41% (6.9 million) of people were of the opinion that they had no social disorder issues in their local area.
Further information is available in Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 4530.0).
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