4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2016-17  
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REPORTING OF CRIME TO POLICE Endnote 1

WHAT PROPORTION OF PERSONAL CRIME WAS REPORTED TO POLICE IN 2016-17? (Table 1)

Not all incidents of personal crime are reported to police. The proportion of persons who had the most recent incident of each of the personal crime types reported to the police varied depending on the type of crime. For example, in the 12 months prior to interview:
    • 54% of persons (244,900) aged 15 years and over who experienced physical assault had their most recent incident reported to police.
    • 39% of persons (31,300) aged 18 years and over who experienced sexual assault had their most recent incident reported to police.

Graph Image for REPORTING RATES(a), Selected personal crimes, Australia, 2016-17

Footnote(s): (a) The total number of persons that had the most recent incident of the personal crime type reported to police, expressed as a percentage of all persons experiencing the crime. The incident may have been reported by any member of the household or another person. (b) Experience of sexual assault was collected for persons aged 18 years and over only.

Source(s): Crime Victimisation, Australia



WHAT PROPORTION OF HOUSEHOLD CRIME WAS REPORTED TO POLICE IN 2016-17? (Table 1)

The majority of households that experienced household crimes had the most recent incident reported to police, with the exception of attempted break-in and other theft.
    • 90% of households (49,200) that experienced motor vehicle theft had their most recent incident reported to police.
    • 75% of households (172,100) that experienced break-in had their most recent incident reported to police.
    • 44% of households (84,600) that experienced attempted break-in had their most recent incident reported to police.

The reporting rate for motor vehicle theft was significantly higher than the reporting rate for all of the other selected types of household crime.

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

Footnote(s): (a) The total number of households that had the most recent incident of the household crime reported to police, expressed as a percentage of all households experiencing the household crime. The incident may have been reported by any member of the household or another person.

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.