4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration
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Number of robbery victims falls to five-year low
The number of robbery victims fell by 16 per cent in 2014, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
William Milne from the ABS, said that the Recorded Crime - Victims publication revealed that this was the fifth consecutive year in which reports of robbery had decreased.
"There were 9,886 victims of robbery recorded by police during 2014, a decrease of almost a third since 2010," Mr Milne said.
"There was almost an even split between armed and unarmed robbery in 2014, with the majority of robberies occurring in either a retail location, or on a street or footpath.
"Our data also showed five year lows in a number of other offence categories, including homicide, kidnapping and motor vehicle theft."
Sexual assault and blackmail or extortion were the only two offence categories to record increases between 2013 and 2014, with sexual assault increasing by three per cent to 20,677 victims nationally and blackmail and extortion increasing by four per cent to 527 victims nationally.
"In 2014, over 80 per cent of sexual assault victims were female, with the highest victimisation rate being for females aged between 15 and 19 years," Mr Milne said.
"Females in this age group were nearly seven times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault than the overall national average.
"For over two-thirds of sexual assault victims, the incident occurred in a residential location."
Males made up over 60 per cent of murder victims and over two-thirds of attempted murder victims. The majority of robbery and blackmail/extortion victims were also male.
Further information can be found in Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4510.0) available for free download from the ABS website (http://www.abs.gov.au).
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