4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Victims of other theft

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

An estimated 2.1% of Australians households (205,300) experienced other theft, a decrease from 2.5% in 2017-18.

Of households that experienced other theft, approximately 81% experienced a single incident (165,700).

Other theft was more likely to be experienced by households in capital cities compared with households outside of capital cities (2.3% compared with 1.8%).

Police reporting of the most recent incident

An estimated 38% of households reported their most recent incident of other theft to police (78,500).

Common reasons for not reporting to police were thinking it was too trivial or unimportant (30% or 62,000) and thinking there was nothing the police could do (14% or 28,400).

Other selected characteristics of the most recent incident

Common types of property stolen in the most recent incident of other theft include:

  • personal items such as handbags, jewellery and clothing (24% or 48,900);
  • money, purse or wallet (18% or 36,600);
  • bicycles or sporting equipment (17% or 35,700); and
  • outdoor or garden items (16% or 32,700).

Common locations where the most recent incident of other theft occurred include the person's home (55% or 112,500 households) and a place of work (12% or 24,800 households).