4509.0 - Crime and Safety, Australia, Apr 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/06/2003   
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An incident, other than a robbery where the respondent was threatened with force or violence or physically attacked.

Attempted break-in

An incident where an attempt was made to break into the respondent's home, garage or shed.


An incident where the respondent's home had been broken into. The respondent's home was also defined to include their garage or shed. Break-in offences relating to their car or garden were excluded.


A group of persons resident in a private dwelling who share common facilities and meals who consider themselves to be a household. It is possible for a dwelling to contain more than one household, for example, where regular provision is made for groups to take meals separately and where persons consider their households to be separate.

Incidence rate

The total number of incidents of an offence that occurred in the reference period expressed as a percentage of the relevant population.

Motor vehicle theft

An incident where a motor vehicle was stolen from any member of the household. It includes privately owned motor vehicles as well as business/company vehicles used exclusively by members of the household.


Respondents were asked about crime problems in their neighbourhood. The perception of this term was left to the respondent.


Indicates crimes which persons or members of households reported as having been committed against them.

Reporting rate

The total number of most recent incidents of an offence that were reported to police expressed as a percentage of the total victims of that offence.


An incident where someone had stolen (or tried to steal) property from a respondent by physically attacking them or threatening them with violence.

Sexual assault

An incident of a sexual nature involving physical contact, including rape, attempted rape, indecent assault, and assault with the intent to sexually assault. Sexual harassment (that did not lead to sexual assault) was excluded. Only persons aged 18 years and over were asked sexual assault questions.


A household or person reporting at least one of the offences surveyed. Victims were counted once only for each type of offence, regardless of the number of incidents of that type.

Victimisation prevalence rate

The number of victims of an offence in a given population expressed as a percentage of that population.

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