4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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OVERVIEW OF HOUSEHOLD CRIMES Endnote 1

WHICH HOUSEHOLD CRIMES ARE INCLUDED IN THE SURVEY?

Household crime in the Crime Victimisation Survey refers to crimes, or offences, that were committed with the intention of depriving a person of, or damaging, their personal property.

The types of household crime included in the Crime Victimisation Survey are break-in, attempted break-in, motor vehicle theft, theft of property from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and other types of theft (Diagram 3). When referring to victims of these types of crime, it is the household as a whole that is considered the victim, rather than a specific individual within the household.

Diagram 3: Types of household crime included in the Crime Victimisation Survey

Diagram showing that household crime is comprised of break-in, attempted break-in, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and other theft

HOW MANY HOUSEHOLDS EXPERIENCED HOUSEHOLD CRIME IN 2016-17? (Table 1)

In the 12 months prior to interview in 2016-17, of the 9.1 million households in Australia:
    • 5.0% of households (457,800) experienced one or more incidents of malicious property damage
    • 2.8% of households (257,000) experienced one or more incidents of theft from a motor vehicle
    • 2.8% of households (252,600) experienced one or more incidents of other theft
    • 2.5% of households (228,300) experienced one or more incidents of break-in
    • 2.1% of households (191,200) experienced one or more incidents of attempted break-in
    • 0.6% of households (54,600) had one or more motor vehicles stolen.

In the 12 months prior to interview, households were more likely to experience malicious property damage than any of the other selected household crimes.

Graph Image for VICTIMISATION RATES(a), Selected household crimes, Australia, 2016-17

Footnote(s): (a) The total number of households experiencing a crime in a given population, expressed as a percentage of that population.

Source(s): Crime Victimisation, Australia



ENDNOTES

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.