1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/07/2011   
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  • In NSW in 2009-10 there were 135.9 thousand victims of physical assault, a victimisation rate of 2.4% which was the lowest rate in Australia for this offence.
  • In 2009-10 there were 230.4 thousand victims of malicious property damage in NSW, a victimisation rate of 8.5% which was the highest rate of all selected crimes in NSW (despite falling from 10.8% in 2008-09).
  • There were 87.8 thousand victims of thefts from motor vehicles in 2009-10 in NSW, a victimisation rate of 3.2% which fell from 3.9% in 2008-09.

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What is the crime victimisation rate?

The victimisation rate is defined as the total number of victims of a crime in a given population expressed as a percentage of that population.

A victim may be a person or a household reporting at least one of the crimes surveyed. Victims were counted once only for each type of crime, regardless of the number of incidents of that type.

These statistics are derived from information collected in the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey.

The Survey covered only selected types of personal and household crimes. Personal crimes included physical assault, threatened assault, robbery and sexual assault. Household crimes included break-ins, attempted break-ins, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and other theft.

Information collected in the Survey was 'as reported' by respondents and hence may differ from that which might be obtained from other sources or via other methodologies.