4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/02/2015
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Threats of assault, property damage still top the crime list
Australians were more likely to have experienced threatened assault than any other type of personal crime during 2013-14, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
"Being threatened with assault - in a face-to-face situation - is still the most common type of personal crime, with nearly half a million Australians experiencing this sort of threat," said William Milne from the ABS.
"For men, the threat was most likely to come from a stranger, while for women it was more likely to come from someone they knew.
"Almost two-thirds of
"People also felt that alcohol or other drugs contributed to the incident in around half of all cases.
"When it comes to household crime, malicious property damage continues to be the most common, with over half a million homes - about six per cent - experiencing it.
"Half the people who experienced property damage didn't report the incident to police, most commonly thinking it was too trivial to report.
"Outside items - such as letterboxes, fences, walls and outdoor furniture - were the most commonly damaged items, about two-thirds of the time, followed by cars or motor bikes about a quarter of the time," said Mr Milne.
Further information can be found in Crime Victimisation, Australia (cat. no. 4530.0), available as a free download from the ABS website - http://www.abs.gov.au.
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