The level of crime is an indicator of community wellbeing that is of interest both to governments looking for solutions and to people trying to manage the daily circumstances of their lives. Readers should note, however, that the reported level of crime victimisation can differ depending on the way the information is collected. In particular, the results from the GSS differ from the results from the ABS's Crime Victimisation Survey. Further details comparing GSS findings with those of the Crime Victimisation Survey can be found in Appendix 1 of this publication.
The GSS collected information about the prevalence of physical or threatened violence against a person, and actual or attempted break-ins to homes, garages or sheds. For all persons aged 18 years and over, 10% reported being victims of physical or threatened violence in the last 12 months, about the same as in 2002 (9%) and 2006 (11%). However being a victim of actual or attempted break-in fell from 12% 2002 to 8% in 2010 (table 1).
In 2010 more men (12%) than women (9%) reported that they had been the victim of actual or threatened violence in the last 12 months. While less likely to report having been a victim of physical or threatened violence in 2010 than in 2006, men aged 18 to 24 years were still the most likely to have reported this type of experience (23% in 2010 compared with 31% in 2006) (table 3 and 4).