4510.0 - Recorded Crime, Australia, 1998
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/06/1999
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ABS reports increase in most types of crime
The number of victims of crime recorded by police in Australia rose for all categories between 1997 and 1998, with the exception of murder (which decreased by 12%) and blackmail/extortion (which decreased by 17%), according to a publication released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The most commonly reported crime was theft other than theft of a motor vehicle.
Murders recorded in 1998 were the lowest in six years. Police Australia wide recorded a total of 284 victims of murder, a rate of 1.5 victims per 100,000 people. The Northern Territory recorded the highest victimisation rate, with 7.9 victims per 100,000 people, and the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest rate with 0.3 victims per 100,000 people.
Although armed robberies increased by nearly 20%, the number of armed robberies involving a firearm decreased to a six-year low of 18% compared to a high of 38% in 1993.
Nationally, there were 565,214 recorded victims of theft (other than theft of a motor vehicle), a rate of 3,015 victims per 100,000 people. Western Australia recorded the highest theft rate with 4,472 victims per 100,000 persons, compared to Victoria which recorded the lowest rate of 2,694 victims per 100,000 people.
Other findings in the publication Recorded Crime, Australia, 1998 include:
Further details are in Recorded Crime, Australia, 1998 (cat. no. 4510.0) available from ABS bookshops in capital cities. A copy of the publication's main findings are available on this site. The ABS encourages media organisations with online news services to link to the main findings. Please phone us if you need assistance to do this.
Please note: Statistics presented in Recorded Crime, Australia may be different to those published by individual police forces, owing to variations in national offence definitions and counting rules.
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