4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/04/2019   
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This section presents data about home security measures, which was collected as a supplementary module to the Crime Victimisation Survey (CVS). The survey was conducted throughout Australia via telephone interview as part of the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). Whilst this is the tenth iteration of the Crime Victimisation Survey, this is the first time data on home security measures has been collected nationally.

This release contains data about home security measures installed in Australian households, broken down by dwelling type and selected household characteristics. It also contains information about whether households had any security measures installed or upgraded in the 12 months prior to interview, and whether there has been any change in security awareness when at home.Endnote1

The selected home security measures covered in the survey include:

  • a door with a deadlock
  • a door with a chain
  • a door with a security screen
  • a window with a keyed lock
  • a window with a security screen or shutter
  • a burglar alarm
  • a security camera (houses or semi-detached houses only)
  • outside sensor lighting (houses or semi-detached houses only)
  • complex with secure entry (flats or apartments only)
  • complex with security cameras (flats or apartments only).

The reference period is 12 months prior to the interview conducted from July 2017 to June 2018. Where possible, data have been presented at both the national and state and territory levels.

Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, and definitions are included in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note, and Glossary.

The statistics referred to throughout the commentary are available for download as data cubes from the Downloads tab. Only data with a relative standard error (RSE) of less than 25% are referred to in the text of this publication, and all comparisons discussed have been tested for statistical significance (refer to the Technical Note).


Endnote 1 For the purpose of this survey, aware of security means having a general awareness of the environment and potential threats to personal safety.