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In total, 488,200 households were victims of one or more of these selected household crimes, equating to an overall household victimisation prevalence rate of 6.2%.
People aged 15 years and over
In April 2005, there were 15,966,900 people aged 15 years and over living in private dwellings in Australia. In the twelve months prior to the survey:
In total 841,500 people aged 15 years and over were victims of one or more of these selected personal crimes, equating to an overall personal victimisation prevalence rate of 5.3%.
HOW MUCH CRIME IS REPORTED TO POLICE?
Crime is not always reported to the police, and many factors influence whether or not a crime is reported. The proportion of victims who reported the most recent incident to police varied depending on the type of offence. Household crimes were more likely to be reported to police than personal crimes. In 2005, 74% of household victims of break-in and 90% of household victims of motor vehicle theft reported the most recent incident to the police, compared with 38% of robbery victims and 31% of assault victims (graph 11.5).
HOW SAFE DO PEOPLE FEEL?
Approximately 82% of persons felt safe or very safe when at home alone during the day, compared with 72% feeling this way after dark. Conversely, 4.0% of persons felt unsafe or very unsafe when at home alone during the day, compared with 8.3% at home alone after dark (graph 11.6).
Men and women differed in their perceptions of safety, particularly after dark. Around 80% of men compared with 64% of women felt safe or very safe when at home alone. Feelings of safety also varied according to age, with 84% of persons aged 15-19 years and 83% of persons aged 20-24 years feeling safe or very safe when at home alone during the day, compared with 78% of persons aged 65 years and over.
PEOPLE'S PERCEPTIONS OF NEIGHBOURHOOD PROBLEMS
Overall, around 70% of people aged 15 years and over perceived that there were problems from crime and/or public nuisance in their neighbourhoods. The most commonly perceived problem was dangerous/noisy driving (40% perceived this as a problem). Other commonly perceived problems were housebreaking/ burglaries/theft from homes (33%) and vandalism/graffiti/damage to property (25%) (graph 11.7).
Crime and Safety, Australia, April 2005 (4509.0)