Victoria Police Crime Statistics Official Release is prepared for release each year by Corporate Statistics, and includes statistical summaries of offences recorded by police in Victoria for the previous financial year. This release contains crime statistics for the 2012/13 financial year, and includes data from recent financial years for basic trend analysis.
The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of current crime trends, and not to comment on Victoria Police performance, or to assess or evaluate Victoria Police operational strategies.
Statistics included in this publication were compiled from data stored on the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) and extracted on 18 July 2013.
LEAP is a dynamic database designed primarily for operational policing purposes. Victoria Police update existing records with new information as it becomes available, and revise records when investigation identifies additional information. The Central Data Entry Bureau of Victoria Police also amends records when quality control checks identify inaccurate or incomplete information.
Due to the dynamic nature of LEAP, statistics produced at different times from the same data may vary. Because of this, statistics produced in this publication for previous financial years will differ slightly from those previously published.
Recorded crime consists of those offences recorded on LEAP during the reporting period, regardless of when the offence occurred or when it was reported to police. Information contained in this publication relates only to those crimes reported to or detected by Victoria Police.
The method of recording crime clearances has been changed since 2011/12 (see Appendix 2).
All figures are rounded to one decimal place. Because of this, percentage point differences in clearance rates may appear different than when calculated from the rounded figures in the tables and graphs.
Care should be taken in interpreting large percentage changes where actual counts are small, as these changes may not be statistically significant.
Detailed crime classification rules and definitions are included in Appendix 1 to provide assistance in the interpretation of statistics.
As the information presented in this document is by no means exhaustive, any requests for additional information should be directed to the Chief Statistician, Corporate Statistics.