MALICIOUS PROPERTY DAMAGE Endnote1
In this survey, malicious property damage is defined as the intentional or wilful (not accidental) damage, defacement or destruction of any part of the person's home or anything usually kept at home. Refer to the glossary page for the full definition of malicious property damage.
WHO EXPERIENCED MALICIOUS PROPERTY DAMAGE IN 2016-17? (Table 1)
During the 12 months prior to interview in 2016-17, an estimated 5.0% of Australian households (457,800) experienced at least one incident of malicious property damage.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT Endnote2
This section discusses characteristics of the households' most recent incident of malicious property damage in the 12 months prior to interview.
REPORTING RATE (Table 24)
Over half (53% or 243,500) of households that experienced malicious property damage had the most recent incident reported to police.
One in five households (25% or 114,600) did not report to police because they considered the incident too trivial or unimportant. A further 11% (51,400) believed that there was nothing the police could do.
OTHER SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS (Table 24)
In the most recent incident of malicious property damage, exterior items were the most common type of property damaged, defaced, or destroyed (64% or 291,400), followed by a car or other motor vehicle (27% or 124,200).
Endnote 1 All comparisons discussed have been tested for statistical significance with a 95% level of confidence that there is a real difference in the two populations being tested. Only data with a relative standard error (RSE) of less than 25% are referred to in the text of this publication and these estimates are considered sufficiently reliable for general use. To determine whether there is a statistical difference between any other two estimates, significance testing should be undertaken. For further information, refer to the Technical Note.
Endnote 2 As information is only collected in relation to the most recent incident, the findings are not necessarily representative of all incidents experienced by households in the last 12 months prior to interview (see Technical Note).