4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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12 February 2014
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Household crime decreases

Australian households experienced less crime in 2012-13 than in 2008-09, according to new figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The Crime Victimisation Survey, conducted annually, found that rates of victimisation for crimes such as break-in, attempted break-in, malicious property damage and motor vehicle theft were all lower in 2012-13 than five years ago.

ABS Director of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics, William Milne, said, "The victimisation rates for both break-in and attempted break-ins were lower in 2012-13 than in 2008-09.

Victimisation rates for some personal crimes were also lower in 2012-13 than in 2008-09. "Physical assault and face-to-face threatened assault are also lower in the new findings", Mr Milne said.

Households who experienced one of the crimes included in the survey were most likely to have experienced only one incident, rather than two or more incidents.

“81 per cent of households who experienced a break-in during the 12 months prior to interview experienced only one incident”, Mr Milne explained.

Of respondents who had experienced physical assault, 30 per cent reported three or more incidents. Repeat victimisation of physical assault was more common for women; 36 per cent of women who were victims of physical assault reported three or more incidents in comparison to 27 per cent of men. Repeat victimisation of face-to-face threatened assault was similar for males and females (39 per cent and 38 per cent respectively).

Alcohol (or any other substance) was considered by victims to be a contributing factor in the majority of physical assaults (65 per cent). Where a respondent’s most recent experience of physical assault occurred in a place of entertainment or recreation, 82 per cent of victims believed alcohol (or any other substance) contributed to the incident.

The Crime Victimisation publication provides information about people’s experiences for a selected range of personal and household crimes, including whether victims reported these incidents to police, characteristics of victims and characteristics of the most recent incident they experienced. Further information can be found in Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4530.0), available on the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).

Media note:

  • The comparison of data from 2012-13 with that from 2008-09 reflects changes between these two time points only and is not necessarily indicative of any annual movements within these time points.
  • When reporting on ABS data you must attribute Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.