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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003   
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Contents >> Crime and Justice >> Outcomes of police investigations

Statistics about the outcomes of investigations describe the status of the processes of police investigations that are initiated following the reporting or detection of an offence. The status of investigations includes:

  • investigations that were not finalised (i.e. were still continuing, were pending or suspended)
  • investigations that were finalised without an offender being proceeded against because the reported offence was not verified, the complaint was withdrawn, or the alleged offender could not be proceeded against because of some statutory or procedural bar
  • investigations that were finalised and an offender was proceeded against by initiating court action or some other form of formal proceeding (e.g. a diversionary conference or a caution).

In 2001 a higher proportion of offences against the person (homicide, assault, sexual assault and kidnapping/abduction) reached a finalised status within 30 days of initiation of the investigation than was the case for offences against property (UEWI and motor vehicle theft offences). Similarly, the proportion of offenders proceeded against was higher for offences against the person than for property offences (table 11.16).


11.16 VICTIMS OF RECORDED CRIME, By outcome of investigations at 30 days - 2001(a)

Murder
Attempted
murder
Assault
Sexual
assault
Kidnapping/
abduction
Robbery(b)
UEWI(c)
Motor vehicle
theft
Investigation status
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Investigation not finalised
34.0
40.8
42.6
63.8
61.6
79.6
93.0
90.4
Investigation finalised
No offender proceeded against
4.9
3.3
12.9
17.3
18.2
4.6
1.3
2.2
Offender proceeded against
61.1
55.9
44.4
18.9
20.2
15.8
5.7
7.4
Total
66.0
59.2
57.4
36.2
38.4
20.4
7.0
9.6
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

(a) For selected offences recorded by police during 1 January to 31 December 2001.
(b) Robbery includes both armed and unarmed robbery.
(c) Unlawful entry with intent.

Source: Recorded Crime, Australia, 2001 (4510.0).


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