In this survey, robbery is defined as an act of stealing (or attempting to steal) property from a person by physically attacking them or threatening them with force or violence. This includes incidents that occurred at the person’s place of work.
Robbery excludes pick-pocketing or other types of theft that did not involve physical or threatened violence. Persons who experienced robbery are also counted in either the physical assault or threatened assault victimisation rates.
WHO EXPERIENCED ROBBERY IN 2016-17? (Table 17)
During the 12 months prior to interview, 0.4% of persons aged 15 years and over (72,200) experienced at least one incident of robbery. There was no significant difference in the robbery victimisation rate between men (0.4% or 33,400) and women (0.4% or 39,400).
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT Endnote2
This section discusses characteristics of the most recent incident for persons who experienced robbery in the 12 months prior to interview.
REPORTING RATE (Table 18)
Just over half (58% or 41,900) of all persons who experienced robbery reported the most recent incident to police.
OTHER SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS (Table 18)
In the most recent incident of robbery (where property was stolen or attempted to be stolen):
- approximately half of these incidents occurred in the street or open land, or another public place (22% street or open land and 28% other public place)
- the offender was most commonly a male (72%)
- most incidents (81%) did not involve the use of a weapon
- most people did not have property stolen (58%).
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.
As information is only collected in relation to the most recent incident, the findings are not necessarily representative of all incidents experienced by persons in the last 12 months prior to interview (see Technical Note).