4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Victims of malicious property damage

The statistics discussed throughout the commentary refer to incidents of malicious property damage that occurred in the 12 months prior to interview for the 2018-19 reference period.

An estimated 4.6% of Australians households (439,600) experienced malicious property damage, a decrease from 5.1% in 2017-18.

Of households that experienced malicious property damage, 80% experienced a single incident (353,500).

Malicious property damage was more likely to be experienced by:

  • households in capital cities compared with households outside of capital cities (4.9% compared with 4.0%); and
  • households in an area in the lowest quintile (most disadvantage) of the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Advantage and Disadvantage, compared with those in the highest quintile (6.4% compared with 3.9%).

Police reporting of the most recent incident

Just over half of households that experienced malicious property damage reported their most recent incident to police (53% or 234,900).

Common reasons for not reporting to police were thinking it was too trivial or unimportant (23% or 100,200) and thinking there was nothing the police could do (13% or 58,000).

Other characteristics of the most recent incident

Common types of property damaged, defaced or destroyed in the most recent incident of malicious property damage include:
  • external doors (26% or 113,300);
  • a car or other motor vehicle (24% or 105,800); and
  • other exterior items (25% or 109,600).