Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003
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The Crime and Safety Survey is a household survey which has been conducted nationally in 1993, 1998 and 2002. The survey also provides data on selected household crimes and personal crimes against persons aged 15 years and over for the 12-month period prior to the survey, and the risk factors associated with crime victimisation. Similar surveys have been conducted annually since 1990 (except for 1993, 1998 and 2002) in New South Wales; in 1999 in Western Australia; in 2000 in South Australia; and in 1995 in all states and territories except Tasmania, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
Reporting to police
Crime is not always reported to the police, with many factors influencing whether or not a crime is reported. In particular, rates of reporting to the police vary depending on the type of offence, as shown in graph 11.5. People are much more likely to report crimes against property to the police (a requirement for any associated insurance claim) than crimes against the person (i.e. assault or sexual assault). The five-year period to 1998 saw little change in reporting of property crimes, but an increased willingness for victims of sexual assault to report their assault to the police.
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