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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Crime

LINKS TO OTHER DIMENSIONS OF PROGRESS

In the absence of clear evidence one can only speculate as to whether changes in crime rates have been associated with other indicators of progress presented in this publication. When comparing crime rates among population subgroups, it appears that there are strong links to levels of economic hardship. However, the effect of changes in levels of economic hardship on crime may be indirect, for example, by disrupting the parenting process and increasing the likelihood of neglect and abuse of children, making them more susceptible to the influence of delinquent peers (Weatherburn, Lind & Ku, 2001). However, a large body of evidence suggests that the association between crime rates and changes in unemployment over time is inconsistent.

Drug addiction, a major health concern, is also associated with criminal activity, both in terms of dealing with prohibited drugs and in terms of people committing other crimes to support what can be expensive drug habits. To the extent that the prevalence of crime affects people’s trust of others there may also be a link between crime rates and levels of social cohesion.

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