1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Victims of break-ins(a) - 2008-09
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Footnote(s): (a) Proportion of households that reported a break-in occurring in the 12 months prior to interview. (b) Refers to mainly urban areas. See endnote 1.

Source(s): ABS Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4530.0)


Victims of household break-ins may experience financial losses and psychological distress due to feelings of vulnerability and associated stressors.

In 2008-09, 3.3% of Australia's 8.2 million households were victims of at least one break-in into their home, garage or shed in the 12 months prior to interview.

In 2008-09, households in the Northern Territory and Western Australia were more likely to be the victims of a break-in (7.7% and 5.1% of households respectively), whilst households in Tasmania and Victoria were the least likely to be victims of a break-in (2.6% and 2.8% of households respectively) (Endnote 1).


  1. The 2008-09 Crime Victimisation Survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded people living in very remote parts of Australia. The exclusion of these people is expected to have only a minor impact on any aggregate estimates that are produced for individual states and territories, except in the Northern Territory where such people account for around 23% of the population.


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