Group
Subdivision

121 Property damage

Latest release
Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC)
Reference period
2011

Subdivision 121 Property damage

The wilful and unlawful destruction, damage or defacement of property excluding pollution.

For this subdivision, ‘property’ means something of a tangible nature, including money, land, conveyances or animals, capable of being owned either privately or publicly.

For this subdivision, ‘destruction’ means altering the property in any way so as to render it imperfect or inoperative, other than polluting.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of whether property damage occurred as a result of fire or explosion, or other means.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

1211 Property damage by fire or explosion

1212 Graffiti

1219 Property damage, nec

Inclusions:

Damage or kill flora/fauna

Property damage caused by a riot

Tamper with a motor vehicle

Exclusions:

Desecrate graves/interfere with corpse. These are coded to Group 1319, Disorderly conduct, nec.

1211 Property damage by fire or explosion

Property damage caused by fire or explosion.

Inclusions:

Arson

Malicious property damage by fire or explosion

Exclusions:

Malicious property damage not by fire or explosion. These are coded to Group 1219, Property damage, nec.

1212 Graffiti

Property damage caused by the application of substances (e.g. paint, posters and/or plastic, metal or wood based compounds) to the surface of the property.

Inclusions:

Graffiti/deface building

Bill posting

Exclusions:

Vandalism. These are coded to Group 1219, Property damage, nec.

1219 Property damage, nec

Property damage other than by fire or explosion.

Inclusions:

Vandalism

Sacrilege

Kill/injure cattle or other animals

Damage/obstruct mines

Tamper with a motor vehicle (where no property is taken)

Tamper with a fire hydrant

Malicious property damage not by fire or explosion

Industrial sabotage (e.g. a conscious action or inaction directed towards the damaging or destruction of the work environment.)

Contaminate commercial goods

Computer hacking involving property damage

Exclusions:

Graffiti/deface building. These are coded to Group 1212, Graffiti.

Bill posting. These are coded to Group 1212, Graffiti.

Malicious property damage by fire or explosion. These are coded to Group 1211, Property damage by fire or explosion.

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