4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/02/2019   
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VICTIMISATION EXPERIENCES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

PERSONAL CRIME (Tables 4, 5, 8 and 10)

VICTIMISATION RATES, Selected personal crimes, South Australia & Australia, 2017–18

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Australian Bureau of Statistics
Commonwealth of Australia 2019.

Physical assault

In South Australia, an estimated 2.4% of persons (32,800) experienced physical assault during the 2017–18 reference period. Of these:

  • 45% (14,800) had the most recent incident reported to police
  • 56% (17,500) believed alcohol or any other substance contributed to the most recent incident
  • 52% (16,900) experienced a single incident, while about one third experienced three or more incidents (38% or 12,400).

Threatened assault

An estimated 2.8% of persons in South Australia (39,300) experienced threatened assault during the 2017–18 reference period, including:
  • 2.6% (36,400) who experienced face-to-face threatened assault
  • 0.9% (12,800) who experienced non face-to-face threatened assault.

Just over one-third of persons who experienced threatened assault in South Australia (36% or 14,200) experienced a single incident, while 44% (17,300) experienced three or more incidents.

Of those who experienced face-to-face threatened assault:
  • more than two in five (44% or 16,100) had the most recent incident reported to police
  • just under half (47% or 16,700) believed alcohol or any other substance contributed to the most recent incident.

HOUSEHOLD CRIME (Tables 6 and 7)

VICTIMISATION RATES, Selected household crimes, South Australia & Australia, 2017–18
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Australian Bureau of Statistics
Commonwealth of Australia 2019.

Break-in and attempted break-in

Approximately 2.0% of households in South Australia (13,600) experienced a break-in during the 2017–18 reference period. Of these, 79% (10,800) had the most recent incident reported to police.

During the same period, an estimated 1.9% of households in South Australia (13,300) experienced an attempted break-in. Of these, 52% (6,900) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Theft from motor vehicle

During the 2017–18 reference period, an estimated 2.8% of households in South Australia (19,500) experienced theft from a motor vehicle. Of these, 61% (11,900) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Malicious property damage

An estimated 4.2% of households in South Australia (29,500) experienced malicious property damage, which was lower than the national rate (5.1%). Of these households, 56% (16,500) had their most recent incident reported to police.