The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has identified a gap in the current statistical outputs that offers a central view of a criminal incident and connects it to the offenders and victims involved, as well as the associated offences. To address this information gap, the CSA has commenced work developing an incident-based view of crime to better reflect the volume and public experience of crime in Victoria. The purpose of this consultation paper is to provide a summary of the incident-based data, and how this new measure impacts on the presentation of the CSA’s quarterly crime statistics.
The CSA welcomes submissions about the new incident collection as described in the consultation paper and will consider any improvements or additions required. The next CSA release of data will be the annual release on 28 September 2017, which will include data up to 30 June 2017. In addition to the usual content in CSA annual statistical reports, this release will include content and data tables based on the new incident collection. CSA staff will provide guidance and support in using this new measure and advise clients on which information to use for reporting, as well as producing explanatory material which will be available on the website.
The CSA invites feedback on the all aspects of this new measure and the implications for the publication of recorded crime statistics. The CSA also welcomes responses as to how this measure will complement the other data sources currently available. Feedback is sought before 5pm on 1 September 2017.