Insights into contemporary young offender behaviour in Victoria

This report presents the findings from the first qualitative study of a sample of 15 Victorian young people who were serving a custodial sentence in a youth justice facility for violent motor vehicle offence(s). The research aims to understand young people’s backgrounds and motivations for...

Firearm theft in Australia 2018

Findings presented in this report refer to incidents of firearm theft reported to police between 1 January and 31 December 2018. These data are compared with findings from the National Firearm Theft Monitoring Program, noting that the former is calendar year and the latter is...

​An update of long-term trends in violent and property crime in New South Wales: 1990-2017

Analyses the trends in the rates of annual recorded incidents of ten categories of property and violent crime for the period 1990 to 2017 in New South Wales.

Theft: sentencing outcomes in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

This resource provides a statistical overview of five kinds of theft offences sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria between 2012–13 and 2016–17.

​NSW recorded crime statistics: quarterly update September 2017

Crime across most of New South Wales has remained stable or fallen over the last two years.


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NSW recorded crime statistics 2016

Introduction This report presents data on crime reported to, or detected by, the NSW Police Force from January 1995 to December 2016, with a focus on the statistical trends for the 24 months ending December 2016. The data were extracted from the Computerised Operational Policing...

Synergy automotive repairs program: process evaluation report

The Synergy Automotive Repairs Program (Synergy Program) is a diversionary social enterprise aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people involved in motor vehicle offending (e.g. theft, vandalism, hooning).

​Trends in Indigenous offending NSW: 2001-2015

Aim: To describe trends in Indigenous arrest rates in New South Wales for property and violent offences. Method: Descriptive analysis of overall and age-specific trends for property and violent crime. Results: Over the last 15 years in NSW the rate of Indigenous arrest for violent...

Methamphetamine use and acquisitive crime: evidence of a relationship

Abstract Methamphetamine use among Australian police detainees is rising; the impact of this rise on crime trends, and particularly on trends in acquisitive crime, is yet to be established. Identifying trends in and motivations for offending among methamphetamine users may assist law enforcement and policymakers...

NSW recorded crime statistics: quarterly update March 2015

In the 60 months to March 2015, domestic violence, indecent assault, sexual assult, theft from dwelling and fraud increased in New South Wales, while other types of major offences decreased or remained stable. Summary In the 24 months to March 2014, only three of the...

​An update of long-term trends in property and violent crime in New South Wales: 1990-2014

In the period since 1990, assault and sexual assault rates recorded significant long term upward trends whilst the other eight offences analysed in this report were trending down or stable. Abstract Aim: The aim of this paper is to analyse the trends in the rates...

Explaining the property crime drop: the offender perspective

Foreword: For more than a decade, Australia has witnessed a sustained reduction in property crime. Yet relatively little is known about what may have caused this decline. This study aimed to explore plausible explanations for the property crime drop by ‘going to the source’ and...

NSW recorded crime statistics: quarterly update September 2014

In the 24 months to September 2014, none of the major offence categories showed a significant upward trend across New South Wales as a whole. Ten of the major offences showed significant downward trends: non-domestic assault (down 8.1%); robbery without a weapon (down 20.4%); robbery...

Young but not so restless: trends in the age-specific rate of offending

Aim: To describe and discuss trends in age-specific rates of offending for property crime, robbery and serious assault. Method: Descriptive statistics and graphical displays. Results: The number of people apprehended by police for property crime and robbery has fallen sharply since around 2001 and is...

Malicious damage to property offences in Bourke Local Government Area

Describes the nature of malicious damage to property offences in Bourke Local Government Area, considering the characteristics of both the offence and known offenders. Summary In the 12 months to March 2014, the rate of malicious damage to property offences in Bourke LGA was the...

2014 global economic crime survey: the Australian story

Economic crime, including cybercrime, persists globally and is on the rise in many economies, according to this report. Overview There are a number of often overlooked economic crimes that occurring with increasing volume, frequency and sophistication. The Global Economic Crime Survey is one of the...

NSW recorded crime statistics: quarterly update June 2014

In the 24 months to June 2014, no major crime categories in New South Wales showed a significant upward trend across the state as a whole. Seven of the major offences showed significant downward trends: robbery without a weapon (down 18.7%); break and enter dwelling...

Northern Territory safe streets audit

This audit examined crime and safety issues in the Northern Territory urban communities of Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs to help inform effective strategies to reduce the actual and perceived risk of victimisation. Abstract This Special Report is a research driven response to community concerns...