This report summarises the key South Australian findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2013-14 (cat. no. 4519.0) which was released on 25 February 2015.
Recorded Crime - Offenders is an annual publication which presents statistics on the characteristics of alleged offenders who were proceeded against by police in all states and territories. The statistics are derived from administrative records held by state and territory police agencies.
The publication includes information about the most serious offence, referred to as the principal offence, associated with an alleged offender. The 2013-14 publication also presents statistics on age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status and the number of times proceeded against by police during the year.
In interpreting the figures contained in Recorded Crime - Offenders it should be noted that they do not necessarily equate with the actual incidence of offending in the community, as not all crimes are reported to or recorded by police.
Recorded Crime - Offenders provides information on the number of alleged perpetrators of crimes recorded by police in Australia as a whole and in each jurisdiction. The report also provides data from previous years to allow for comparisons over time.