Statistics from September 2011 to September 2012 released by Victoria Police:
- Crime rate up by 5.9%.
- Number of offences up by 27,516 to 395,406 offences, 7.5% increase. 3.
- Crime against a person up by 11.3%, with assaults up by 14.2%.4.
- Crime against property up by 1.7%, with motor vehicles thefts up by 7.6 and theft from motor vehicles up by 4.7%.5.
- Drug offences up by 20.7%.6.
- Other crimes, including public behaviour and justice procedure offences, up by 18.3%.7.
- Family violence related crime up by 37%.
What is of significant concern is the large increase in crimes against people and family violence.
For victims of crime support and advice call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au