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4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/06/2010   
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In 2009, the Australian victimisation rates for selected personal offence categories were:

  • Murder, 1.2 victims per 100,000 persons, no change from 2008
  • Attempted murder, 1.1 victims per 100,000 persons, no change from 2008
  • Manslaughter, 0.1 victims per 100,000 persons, no change from 2008
  • Sexual assault, 89 victims per 100,000 persons, a decrease from the 93 victims per 100,000 persons in 2008
  • Kidnapping/abduction, 2.9 victims per 100,000 persons, a decrease from the 3.7 victims per 100,000 persons in 2008
  • Blackmail/extortion, 3.1 victims per 100,000 persons, an increase over the previous year's victimisation rate of 2.0 victims per 100,000 persons
  • Robbery, 72 victims per 100,000 persons, which was a decrease from the 77 victims per 100,000 persons recorded in 2008.

Note: For robbery and blackmail/extortion, a victim can be a person or an organisation.

Graph: VICTIMISATION RATE(a), Robbery(b)

Property crimes continued a declining trend in victimisation. Motor vehicle theft (284 victims per 100,000 persons) had the lowest rate since national reporting began in 1993 (637 victims per 100,000 persons). The victimisation rate for unlawful entry with intent also continued to decrease, with the rate of 1,031 victims per 100,000 persons in 2009 being the lowest in the last 10 year period. The victimisation rate for other theft in 2009 (2,154 victims per 100,000 persons) was also the lowest rate in the last 10 year period, and is considerably lower than when national reporting began for that offence in 1995 (2,715 victims per 100,000 persons).

VICTIMISATION RATE(a), Selected offences
Graph: VICTIMISATION RATE(a), Selected offences

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