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Australian Crime: Facts and Figures, 2001

NCJ Number
Glenn Muscat
Date Published
March 2002
106 pages
This document from the Australian Institute of Criminology contains national information on crime in Australia during 1999 obtained from the International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS) conducted in March 2000.
Highlights from the Australian portion of the International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS) include: the most common personal crimes were consumer fraud (9 percent), assault (7 percent) and theft from the person (7 percent); young people were most at risk of assault and theft; the most common household crimes were motor vehicle damage (9 percent) and theft from a motor vehicle (6 percent); about one in five households reported being a victim of a household crime in 1999; repeat victimization was quite common among victims of sexual offenses, with 45 percent of sexual assault victims and 61 percent of offensive sexual behavior victims experiencing more than one incident in 1999; the highest rates of victim reporting occurred for motor vehicle theft and completed break-in, with 96 percent and 83 percent of victims, respectively, reporting the incident to the police; and most crimes were not reported to police because victims thought it was too trivial or unimportant, there was nothing police could or would do, or it was a personal matter and they would take care of it themselves. Data for this report were obtained from the Australian portion of the ICVS conducted during March 2000. Information was collected during the survey on household experiences of break and enter (attempted and completed), motor vehicle theft, motor vehicle damage, and theft from motor vehicle; and personal experiences of robbery, assault, sexual offences (rape, attempted rape, indecent assault, and offensive sexual behaviors), theft from the person, and consumer fraud. Figures, tables, and references