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:
Police reporting of the most recent incident
- 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%).
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).