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 WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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

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

Physical assault

During the 2017–18 reference period, an estimated 2.6% of persons in Western Australia (51,200) experienced physical assault. Of these:

  • less than half (46% or 23,500) had their most recent incident reported to police
  • just under half (48% or 24,000) believed alcohol or any other substance contributed to the most recent incident
  • approximately half (51% or 25,900) experienced a single incident and about one-third (32% or 16,400) experienced three or more incidents.

Threatened assault

An estimated 3.2% of persons in Western Australia (64,500) experienced threatened assault during the 2017–18 reference period, including:
  • 2.9% (57,200) who experienced face-to-face threatened assault
  • 0.7% (13,500) who experienced non face-to-face threatened assault.

Approximately one-third of persons who experienced threatened assault in Western Australia (34% or 22,000) experienced a single incident, while 41% (26,400) experienced three or more incidents.

Of those who experienced face-to-face threatened assault:
  • just under two in five (39% or 22,100) had the most recent incident reported to police
  • just under half (45% or 24,000) believed alcohol or any other substance contributed to the most recent incident.

HOUSEHOLD CRIME (Tables 6 and 7)

VICTIMISATION RATES, Selected household crimes, Western Australia & Australia, 2017–18

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Australian Bureau of Statistics
Commonwealth of Australia 2019.

Break-in and attempted break-in

In Western Australia, an estimated 4.0% of households (38,100) experienced a break-in, which was higher than the national rate (2.5%). Of these households, 74% (28,100) had the most recent incident reported to police.

During the same time period, an estimated 3.4% of households in Western Australia (31,900) experienced an attempted break-in, which was higher than the national rate (2.2%). Of these households, 46% (14,500) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Theft from motor vehicle

An estimated 5.2% of households in Western Australia (48,900) experienced theft from a motor vehicle, which was higher than the national rate (3.1%). Of these households, just over half (52% or 25,300) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Malicious property damage

In Western Australia, an estimated 7.1% of households (66,800) experienced malicious property damage, which was higher than the national rate (5.1%). Of these households, 60% (40,000) had the most recent incident reported to police, which was higher than the national reporting rate (52%).