Footnote(s): (a) Rate per 100,000 population in the relevant age group.
Source(s): ABS Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4519.0)
Footnote(s): (a) Rate per 100,000 population aged 15-19 years.
(b) South Australian and Australian data may be overstated and Victorian and Australian data are understated. See Crime glossary for more information on Cannabis Expiation Notices, General Expiation Notices and infringement notices.
Patterns of crime vary according to age and there are concerns that younger adults are more vulnerable both to becoming involved in a crime, and also to being victimised.
Young offenders of crime
Young people aged 15-24 years are more likely to commit crimes than older people. The reasons why young people commit crimes may include boredom, peer group pressure and risk-taking behaviour (ABS 2008b).
In 2008-09, the rate of offenders in the criminal justice system was highest for people aged 15-19 years at 5,484 offenders per 100,000 people aged 15-19 years. The peak age at which young people had police proceedings brought against them was 18 years. In 2008-09, there were 6,144 offenders per 100,000 people aged 18 years, an increase on 2007-08 figures (5,843 per 100,000 people aged 18 years).
Young people aged 15-19 years in Tasmania and the Northern Territory were more likely to offend (9,482 and 9,122 offenders per 100,000 people aged 15-19 years respectively) than those living in other Australian states and territories in 2008-09.
Young victims of crime
Younger people are also more likely than older people to be the victims of some personal crimes. For more information see the Personal crimes - assault section linked below.
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