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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Crime

Victims of personal crime - by number of incidents(a) - 2008-09
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Footnote(s): (a) Incidents experienced in the 12 months prior to interview. Excludes persons who did not give number of incidents experienced. (b) Includes both face-to-face and non face-to-face incidents. (c) Data for robbery for 2 incidents, or 3 or more incidents, have a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

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

Victims of household crime - by number of incidents(a) - 2008-09
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Footnote(s): (a) Incidents experienced in the 12 months prior to interview. Excludes persons who did not give number of incidents experienced. (b) Data for motor vehicle theft for 3 or more incidents have a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use. (c) Malicious.

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

REPEAT VICTIMS OF CRIME

The negative effects of crime, such as damage to the financial, physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing of individuals and families, are amplified when people fall victim to repeated crimes.

In 2008-09, victims of selected personal crimes who had experienced three or more incidents during the 12 months prior to interview, were more common than victims where only two incidents occurred. Of those people (aged 15 years and over) who had experienced at least one physical assault, 52% were victims of one physical assault, 20% were victims of two physical assault and 27% were victims of three or more physical assaults.

For threatened assault, 35% were victims of one assault, 20% were victims of two assaults and 43% experienced three or more incidents of threatened assault.

The pattern of victimisation for household crimes was different from that of personal crimes, as most victims experienced only one incident of a particular crime during the reference year. For example, of the households who experienced break-ins in 2008, 80% were a victim of one break-in.

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