4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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VICTIMS OF CRIME, AUSTRALIA

This section presents national statistics about incidents of victimisation for a selected range of offences that came to the attention of state and territory police and were recorded in the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013. The statistics provide information about victim characteristics and the nature of the criminal incidents.

The data in this section are drawn from Data Cube titled Victims of Crime, Australia (Tables 1-5).

NATIONAL SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

Nationally, there was a decrease between 2012 and 2013 in the number of victims for the following offences:

Homicide (decrease of 5.3% or 24 victims);

Kidnapping/abduction (decrease of 5.8% or 37 victims);

Robbery (decrease of 11% or 1,465 victims);

Unlawful entry with intent (decrease of 5.0% or 10,803 victims);

Motor vehicle theft (decrease of 9.5% or 5,577 victims); and

Other theft (decrease of 3.6% or 17,992 victims).

In contrast, nationally there was an increase between 2012 and 2013 in the number of victims for the following offences:

Sexual assault (increase of 7.6% or 1,413 victims); and

Blackmail/extortion (increase of 17% or 75 victims).

Graph Image for VICTIMS, Percentage change(a) for selected offences, 2012 to 2013

Footnote(s): (a) Caution should be used when comparing percentage change figures across offences and states and territories. Percentage change should be observed in conjunction with number change, as large percentage changes may be produced by small number changes based on a small population. (b) Excludes driving causing death. (c) Western Australian sexual assault figures may be understated (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 74). (d) South Australian motor vehicle theft figures may be understated (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 70).

Source(s): VICTIMS, Percentage change(a) for selected offences, 2012 to 2013-Percentage change of offences