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Robberies reported to police decreased by 8% in 2008, the highest proportional decrease across the published offences. In total, 16,500 victims reported a robbery to police, 1,500 less victims than in 2007.
In 2008, the Australian victimisation rates for selected personal offence categories were:
Across selected states and territories, the offender was known to the victim in at least half of all homicide offences.
About the release
The Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia publication presents statistics on the incidents of victimisation for a selected range of offences that came to the attention of police and were recorded by them in the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008. These statistics provide information about the characteristics of the victim (age and sex) and the nature of the criminal incidents (weapon use and location). These data are also available by state and territory. Information about the relationship of the offender to victim and the Indigenous status of a victim is also available for selected states and territories. Depending on the type of offence, a victim in the recorded crime collection can be a person, a premises, an organisation or a motor vehicle.
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