Report

Theft: sentencing outcomes in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

19 Dec 2017
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This report provides a statistical overview of the sentences imposed in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria for the offence of theft. The reference period for the sentencing outcomes examined in this report is the five years from 2012–13 to 2016–17.

In the reference period, the Magistrates’ Court sentenced 45,155 cases that contained one or more proven charges of theft. These cases included 114,170 proven charges of theft.

Theft was the principal offence in 20,142 cases. Most of these cases received a non-custodial sentence (78.9%), including a fine (33.9%) and an adjourned undertaking (26.4%). Imprisonment was imposed on 14.8% of cases.

The report examines five categories of theft: general theft, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, theft from a shop and theft of a bicycle. The most common category of theft was general theft (56,710 charges), followed by theft from a shop (41,528 charges), theft of a motor vehicle (10,714 charges) and theft from a motor vehicle (4,502 charges). The least common category of theft was theft of a bicycle (716 charges).

The category of theft most likely to receive a custodial sentence was theft of a motor vehicle. Close to half (45.8%) of the cases where theft of a motor vehicle was the principal offence received a custodial sentence. Conversely, fewer than one in five cases of theft from a shop (18.0%) or theft of a bicycle (19.3%) received a custodial sentence.

In the reference period, the annual number of charges of theft increased by 30.7% (from 20,093 in 2012–13 to 26,259 in 2016–17). Likewise, the annual number of charges in each category of theft increased. The largest numeric increase occurred for theft of a motor vehicle (2,202 charges or 169.6%), followed by theft from a shop (1,960 charges or 26.3%) and general theft (1,624 charges or 15.6%).

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978-1-925071-33-7
Publication Place: 
Melbourne
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CC BY
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2017
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