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Crime in Australia - statistics & facts

One of the most prevalent crimes in Australia is sexual assault, with the largest proportion of victims being female. The number of perpetrators of these crimes has been climbing steadily in recent years, with around six thousand imprisoned in 2020, compared to around half of this number who were imprisoned for robbery or extortion in the same year. Robbery is the second most reported crime in the country, although here the largest proportion of victims were male.

 Theft in Australia

There were just under 60 thousand personal items stolen during burglaries in the country, as well as around 45 thousand instances of money, purses, or wallets being stolen. Tools and sports equipment were also regularly stolen from homes, as well as electronics including mobile phones. In about 12 thousand cases, alcohol or food was stolen from Australian homes. Moreover, in South Australia, approximately 22 percent of respondents to a survey about theft stated they’d had packages stolen from outside their front doors.

 How are Australians securing their homes?

A significant proportion of Australians are security conscious. Nearly all lock doors and windows, most have gates or fences around their properties, as well as security screens on doors or windows. Leaving a spare key outside seems to be a thing of the past too, with a significant share saying they didn’t do this. A large share use security cameras; over 35 percent in South Australia, and just less than that figure in Victoria say they use at least one camera on their property. It’s a similar story when it comes to alarm systems; in most states and territories, between 16 and 30 percent said they had an alarm installed.

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In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 30 most important statistics relating to "Crime in Australia".

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