Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia

Key Findings

This publication presents statistics about victims of selected offences that were recorded by police between January 1 and December 31 2018. This is the ninth annual release of the current time series which covers the 2010 to 2018 reference periods.

Victims of Burglary decrease to a nine year low

The number of victims of Unlawful entry with intent recorded by police decreased by 5% across Australia, from 176,286 victims in 2017 to 168,031 victims in 2018. This was the lowest number recorded since the beginning of the time series in 2010. (Table 1)

Five out of the eight states and territories recorded a decrease since 2017:

  • Victoria down 5,815 victims (or 13%) to 38,598 victims
  • Western Australia down 3,114 victims (or 9%) to 30,788 victims
  • New South Wales down 1,539 victims (or 4%) to 36,684 victims
  • Australian Capital Territory down 407 victims (or 16%) to 2,191 victims
  • Tasmania down 319 victims (or 10%) to 2,995 victims (Table 6)

The remaining states and territories recorded increases: Queensland (up 1,575 victims or 4% to 38,833 victims); the Northern Territory (up 704 victims or 17% to 4,981 victims); and South Australia (up 661 victims or 5% to 12,960 victims). (Table 6)

For victims of Unlawful entry with intent in 2018:

  • Most (65%) had their property stolen as a result of the offence (109,728 victims)
  • The majority occurred at a residential location (72% or 120,491 victims) (Tables 1 and 3)

Number of Sexual assault victims continues to increase

In 2018 the number of victims recorded for Sexual assault increased for the seventh consecutive year to 26,312 victims nationally. This was an increase of 2% (475 victims) from 2017. (Table 1)

For victims of Sexual assault in 2018:

  • The majority were female (84% or 22,097 victims)
  • Around half were aged between 10 and 19 years (45% or 11,911 victims)
  • Most were assaulted at a residential location (65% or 17,006 victims)
  • Almost all incidents did not involve the use of a weapon (94% or 24,631 victims) (Tables 2–4)

Since the beginning of this series in 2010, Sexual assault has increased by 40% (7,450 victims), which, after accounting for population growth, represents a 23% increase in the victimisation rate (from 86 victims to 105 victims per 100,000 persons). (Table 1)

Increase in number of Robbery victims

Between 2017 and 2018 the number of victims of Robbery increased across Australia:

  • Armed robbery up 3% or 157 victims to reach 4,915 victims
  • Unarmed robbery up 8% or 376 victims to reach 5,207 victims (Table 1)

For these victims:
  • There were more males than females (74% or 6,635 victims compared to 2,275 victims)
  • Half took place at a community location (50% or 5,070), the majority of these on a street/footpath ( 75% or 3,811)
  • A knife was used in over two-fifths (44% or 2,318 victims) of Armed robberies (Tables 2–4)

Tasmania recorded the highest proportion of Robberies involving a weapon in 2018 at 68% (or 68 victims), while the Northern Territory recorded the lowest (37% or 48 victims). (Table 6)

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