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Victorian Crime Statistics by LGAs

Executive Summary

This publication provides crime data over a ten-year period for Victoria's local government areas (LGAs) with a brief overview for the whole of Victoria. The data is derived from Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) as recorded by Victoria Police and extracted from the Victoria Police Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) database.[footnote 1]

For the whole of Victoria for the year ended March 2018, the total number of criminal offences decreased by 7.4 per cent, from 542,893 in 2017 to 502,858. For the same period, the offence rate decreased by 9.5 per cent, from 8,585.2 to 7,773.2 per 100,000 population.

Although most offence categories in Victoria decreased over the twelve months to March 2018, crimes against the person rose by 0.9 per cent, driven by an increase of 1,586 sexual offences. Taking the population increase in Victoria into account for the year ended March 2018, the rate for crimes against the person decreased marginally over the year from, 1,258.2 to 1,240.7 offences per 100,000 population. However, sexual offences rose from 211.4 to 231.1 offences per 100,000 population.

The crime statistics in this paper have been collated under the two main categories of offences recorded and offence rates (per 100,000 population[footnote 2]) and include statistics for the following five major recorded crime categories:

1. Crimes against the person;

2. Property and deception offences;

3. Drug offences;

4. Public order and security offences; and

5. Justice procedures offences.

For each of these crime categories:

a) The five LGAs with the highest number of offences for the year ended March 2018 are identified;

b) The five LGAs with the highest offence rates for the year ended March 2018 are identified;

c) Data for the five LGAs identified in (a) and (b) are presented with a ten-year snapshot revealing
variations in the five crime categories between April 2008 to March 2018; and

Summary data for all recorded crimes is presented for all Victorian LGAs in Section 2a and 2b and Appendix 1. Tables with offence numbers and offence rates per 100,000 population for the five major recorded crime categories can be found in the Appendices 2–6.

Key points:

Total crime

Over the last decade, the LGA of Melbourne has had significantly higher total crime offences than any other LGA in Victoria. In terms of offence rates per 100,000 population however, it has experienced a

significant overall reduction in the crime rate over the same period. Coming in at second place for both total crime offences and the offence rate was Greater Geelong.

Crimes against the person

The five LGAs with the highest number of offences in the category of crimes against the person were all in the greater metropolitan area. When controlled for population size, the top five LGA offence rates for this category were dominated by non-metropolitan LGAs, with the exception of Melbourne. Over the past decade the rate for crimes against the person has been gradually decreasing for Melbourne. Since the year ended March 2014, Latrobe in the Gippsland region of eastern Victoria recorded a higher rate of crimes against the person than Melbourne.

Property and deception

When considering offences over the last decade, the LGA of Melbourne has had significantly higher property and deception offences than any other LGA in Victoria; nevertheless, all of the top five LGAs (including Melbourne) experienced a decrease in offences during the year ended March 2018. The highest offence rates in this category were dominated by metropolitan LGAs with the exception of Latrobe. The LGA of Melbourne experienced a significant fall in the offence rate throughout the decade.

Drugs

The top five LGAs for drug offences were Melbourne, Greater Dandenong, Brimbank, Knox and Greater Geelong, trending up over the decade. Of these, all but Brimbank experienced an increase in drug offences in the year ended March 2018. Melbourne was the only metropolitan LGA in the top five for drug offence rates, which were dominated by LGAs in regional Victoria, namely: Northern Grampians, Warrnambool, Ararat and Southern Grampians.

Public order and security

Over the last decade, the LGA of Melbourne has had significantly higher public order and security offences, which peaked in the year ended March 2011, mainly due to a significant increase in drunk and disorderly offences.

Justice procedures

The number of justice procedures offences and the offence rate for this category have been rising since 2013, largely as a result of breaches of new bail offences and new family violence orders that came into force at that time. The highest offence rates were all recorded in the regional LGAs of Latrobe, Horsham, Central Goldfields, Swan Hill and Greater Shepparton, which rose marginally in the last twelve months.

 

1. Introduction

1.1 Overview

This publication provides crime data for the year 2017-18 as well as a snapshot over a ten-year period from 2008-2018 for Victoria's LGAs. The data is derived from Victoria's CSA as recorded by Victoria Police and extracted from the Victoria Police Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) database.[footnote 3]

This report presents crime statistics in two ways: as total numbers (the number of offences recorded) and as offence rates (the ratio of offences per 100,000 of the population). Examining the number of offences and their distribution is useful when determining matters such as where police and other criminal justice resources should be deployed. On the other hand, offence rates take into account population variations between different LGAs and provide useful comparative information between LGAs (densely versus sparsely populated LGAs) and within LGAs at different points in time (the ten-year period between 2008-2018). For these reasons, the report presents crime data not only in raw numbers but also as the offence rate per 100,000 of the population.

From Victoria's 79 LGAs we focus on the five LGAs that have the highest number of offences recorded and the highest offence rates for each of the crime categories we consider. The five major crime categories are:

1. Crimes against the person—including homicide offences, assault, sex offences, stalking,
robbery;

2. Property and deception offences for this category—including theft, burglary, property damage, deception, arson and bribery;

3. Drug offences­—including drug dealing, trafficking, possession, or cultivation;

4. Public order and security offences—including disorderly and offensive conduct, public
nuisance offences, weapons and explosive offences and public nuisance offences; and

5. Justice procedures offences—including breaches of orders and justice procedures offences.[footnote 4]

Finally, to contextualise the discussion of crime and LGAs, a brief overview of crime for the whole state of Victoria is provided.

1.2 Victoria

For the year ending 31 March 2018, Victoria's CSA reported that both the total number of offences and the crime rate in Victoria decreased. The number of offences decreased by 7.4 per cent, from 542,893 in 2017 to 502,858 in 2018. There was a slightly greater reduction in the offence rate per 100,000 population, which decreased by 9.5 per cent during the twelve months, from 8,585.2 to 7,773.2.[footnote 5]

Figure 1 below illustrates the proportions of each major crime offence category in terms of total offences for that year. Notably property and deception offences dominated, accounting for 57.3 per cent of total offences. Nevertheless, there was a significant decrease in this category of 11.3 per cent since the previous year, that is, 36,625 fewer offences. The major contributors to this were significant decreases in thefts and burglary offences. For instance, offences for residential aggravated burglary/home invasion decreased by 14.5 per cent during the year.[footnote 6]

The second major contributor to total offences, crimes against the person, increased by 0.9 per cent over the year. This was due to a significant increase in sexual offences, which rose by 11.9 per cent, or 1,586 offences. The CSA noted that new child pornography and other sexual offences were introduced in July 2017.[footnote 7] The media has also reported that it is likely that an increase in the reporting of sex offences was a further a contributing factor.[footnote 8]

Source: Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Offences Recorded-Data Visualisation, Offences recorded by offence type, CSA website.

The following section of this paper examines crime statistics by LGA. All data relating to offence numbers and offence rates per 100,000 population has been sourced from the CSA.[footnote 9]

 

2. Crimes by Local Government Areas (LGA)

2a Total offences recorded

Figure 2 below presents a bar chart illustrating the total number of offences recorded for each Victorian LGA from April 2017 to March 2018.

Figure 2: Total offences by LGA

Top 5 LGAs for total recorded offences

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest number of total offences recorded were: Melbourne, Greater Geelong, Hume, Casey and Greater Dandenong (see map below).

Table 1: Total number of offences recorded

 

Melbourne

Greater Geelong

Hume

Casey

Greater Dandenong

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

36,844

22,819

20,522

19,997

18,289

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

37,386

22,533

22,332

24,504

20,337

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

35,493

22,096

21,791

21,937

20,566

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

33,750

18,768

18,161

18,391

16,082

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

32,587

17,196

16,310

16,129

16,257

Apr 2012 - Mar 2013

33,734

15,948

15,383

15,004

15,197

Apr 2011 - Mar 2012

30,987

15,207

14,136

14,559

14,052

Apr 2010 - Mar 2011

30,648

14,029

13,152

13,634

13,280

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

31,093

14,053

12,247

13,379

13,709

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

33,795

14,083

12,304

13,809

13,759

2b Total offence rates

Figure 4: Offence rates per 100,000 population by LGA

 

Top 5 LGAs for total offence rates

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest total crime rates per 100,000 population were Melbourne, Latrobe, Yarra, Horsham and Greater Shepparton.

 

Table 2: Offence rate per 100,000 population

   
 

Melbourne

Latrobe

Yarra

Horsham

Greater Shepparton

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

21,153

17,866

13,661

12,411

12,278

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

23,367

19,301

14,295

13,140

12,849

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

23,975

18,193

14,324

15,709

12,061

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

24,351

16,747

14,193

13,038

11,376

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

25,212

14,289

13,590

9,539

10,558

Apr 2012 - Mar 2013

28,226

13,640

12,458

13,665

9,076

Apr 2011 - Mar 2012

28,715

11,883

13,262

9,786

10,010

Apr 2010 - Mar 2011

30,575

10,808

13,808

9,363

9,510

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

31,850

11,094

13,983

10,820

8,305

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

35,858

10,234

16,709

8,502

7,741

2.1 Crimes against the person

2.1a Offences recorded

Figure 6 below presents a bar chart illustrating the number of crimes against the person offences recorded for Victorian LGAs from April 2017 to March 2018.

Figure 6: Crimes against the person offences by LGA

 

Top 5 LGAs—crimes against the person

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest number of offences recorded for crimes against the person were: Melbourne, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong and Hume.

Table 3: Offences recorded for crime against the person

 

Melbourne

Casey

Greater Geelong

Greater Dandenong

Hume

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

5,261

4,071

3,263

3,245

3,030

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

4,902

4,212

2,829

3,198

3,139

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

3,915

3,639

2,438

2,919

3,132

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

3,855

3,386

2,389

2,658

2,855

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

3,617

3,054

2,414

2,639

2,683

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

3,739

2,941

2,228

2,420

2,678

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

3,385

2,783

1,788

2,211

2,423

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

3,227

2,300

1,536

2,089

1,947

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

3,168

2,032

1,525

2,037

1,798

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

3,195

2,127

1,621

1,958

1,647

2.1b Crimes against the person—by offence rates

Figure 8: Offence rates per 100,000 population by LGA

 

Top 5 LGAs—offence rates for crimes against the person

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest offence rates per 100,000 population for crimes against the person were: Latrobe, Melbourne, Ararat, Benalla and Yarriambiack.

Table 4: Offence rate per 100,000 population

 
 

Latrobe

Melbourne

Ararat

Yarriambiack

Horsham

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

3,811

3,020

2,617

2,589

2,586

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

3,859

3,064

2,167

2,218

2,345

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

3,635

2,645

2,315

1,692

2,997

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

3,414

2,781

2,211

1,084

2,505

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

3,113

2,798

2,096

1,141

2,079

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

3,117

3,129

2,275

1,209

2,405

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

2,470

3,137

1,650

846

1,760

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

1,798

3,219

1,289

543

1,142

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

2,285

3,245

1,147

862

1,243

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

1,680

3,390

2,065

944

1,076

2.2 Property and deception offences

2.2a Offences recorded

Figure 10 below presents a bar chart illustrating property and deception offences recorded for Victorian LGAs from April 2017 to March 2018.

Figure 10: Property and deception offences by LGA

Top 5 LGAs—property and deception offences

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest number of property and deception offences recorded were: Melbourne, Greater Geelong, Hume, Casey and Darebin.

Table 5: Property and deception offences recorded

 

Melbourne

Greater Geelong

Hume

Casey

Darebin

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

20,995

14,177

12,410

10,766

10,476

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

22,324

14,539

13,365

15,002

11,988

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

21,282

14,996

12,851

12,634

11,474

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

18,517

12,114

10,767

10,783

10,031

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

18,150

11,208

10,178

9,853

9,565

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

20,367

10,627

9,834

9,176

7,876

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

17,749

11,117

9,291

9,313

8,852

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

17,142

10,240

8,944

9,724

8,580

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

19,297

10,534

8,525

9,777

8,571

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

24,885

10,855

8,863

10,201

10,305

2.2b Property and deception offences—by offence rates

Figure 12: Offence rates per 100,000 population by LGA

Top 5 LGAs—offence rates for property and deception offences

In the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest property and deception offence rates were: Melbourne, Yarra, Latrobe, Port Phillip and Darebin.

Table 6: Property and deception offence rate per 100,000 population

 

Melbourne

Yarra

Latrobe

Port Phillip

Darebin

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

12,053

9,156

7,586

7,153

6,508

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

13,953

9,829

8,895

8,626

7,561

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

14,376

9,798

7,951

7,534

7,402

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

13,360

9,369

7,598

6,953

6,598

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

14,042

9,054

6,484

7,125

6,396

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

17,042

8,448

7,002

7,186

5,349

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

16,448

9,253

6,784

7,330

6,105

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

17,101

9,417

6,497

7,108

6,002

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

19,767

10,153

6,532

7,055

6,045

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

26,404

13,016

6,490

8,778

7,346

2.3 Drug offences

2.3a Offences recorded

Figure 14 below presents a bar chart illustrating the number of drug offences recorded for Victorian LGAs from April 2017 to March 2018.

Figure 14: Drug offences recorded by LGA

Top 5 LGAs—drug offences

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest number of drug offences recorded were: Melbourne, Greater Dandenong, Brimbank, Knox and Greater Geelong.

Table 7: Drug offences recorded

   
 

Melbourne

Greater Dandenong

Brimbank

Knox

Greater Geelong

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

2,420

1,453

1,294

1,155

1,086

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

2,255

1,417

1,387

974

1,070

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

1,893

1,289

1,616

789

807

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

2,110

1,149

1,284

667

742

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

2,052

1,152

1,300

605

626

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

1,565

898

1,178

385

504

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

1,440

992

802

324

433

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

1,332

839

726

347

368

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

1,480

582

777

313

385

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

1,401

623

767

408

327

2.3b Drug offence—by offence rates

Figure 16: Offence rates per 100,000 population by LGA

Top 5 LGAs—offence rates for drug offences

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest rate of drug offences were: Melbourne, Northern Grampians, Warrnambool, Ararat and Southern Grampians.

Table 8: Drug offence rate per 100,000 population

   
 

Melbourne

Northern Grampians

Warrnambool

Ararat

Southern Grampians

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

1,389

1,241

1,054

1,011

972

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

1,409

1,418

865

1,442

816

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

1,279

605

844

1,034

492

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

1,522

918

1,011

310

329

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

1,588

670

516

2,174

573

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

1,309

438

245

392

318

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

1,334

702

339

307

249

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

1,329

680

282

371

259

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

1,516

1,692

578

520

221

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

1,487

792

375

485

190

2.4 Public order and security offences

2.4a Offences recorded

Figure 18 below presents a bar chart illustrating the public order and security offences recorded for Victorian LGAs from April 2017 to March 2018.

Figure 18: Public order and security offences recorded by LGA

Top 5 LGAs—public order and security offences

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest public order and security offences recorded were: Melbourne, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Frankston and Hume.

Table 9: Public order and security offences

     
 

Melbourne

Greater Dandenong

Greater Geelong

Frankston

Hume

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

2,201

486

594

459

500

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

4,894

739

1,055

544

552

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

7,028

1,376

1,324

942

646

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

6,024

1,407

1,005

1,097

679

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

5,504

1,374

1,345

1,620

872

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

5,800

1,737

1,630

2,077

1,036

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

5,219

1,484

1,636

1,506

1,178

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

4,354

1,590

1,390

1,339

1,179

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

4,025

1,595

1,441

1,326

1,211

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

4,327

1,604

1,320

1,115

1,101

2.4b Public order and security offences—by offence rates

Figure 20: Offence rates per 100,000 population by LGA

Top 5 LGAs—offence rates for public order and security offences

In the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest public order and security offence rates per 100,000 population were: Melbourne, Mildura, Swan Hill, Latrobe and Mansfield.

Table 10: Public order and security offence rates

 

Melbourne

Mildura

Swan Hill

Latrobe

Mansfield

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

2,484

1,423

1,328

1,323

1,205

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

2,516

1,493

1,285

1,485

848

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

2,941

1,096

1,493

1,605

813

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

3,766

1,349

1,544

1,336

578

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

4,487

1,553

1,379

1,508

682

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

4,605

1,299

952

1,063

582

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

5,582

1,538

1,220

880

458

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

7,011

1,864

1,917

1,319

831

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

5,013

786

1,206

783

1,131

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

2,335

391

1,340

744

400

2.5 Justice procedures offences

2.5a Offences recorded

Figure 22 below presents a bar chart illustrating the justice procedures offences recorded for Victorian LGAs from April 2017 to March 2018.

Figure 22: Justice procedures offences recorded by LGA

Top 5 LGAs—justice procedures offences

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest number of justice procedures offences recorded were: Melbourne, Latrobe, Casey, Greater Geelong and Hume.

Table 11: Justice procedures offences

   
 

Melbourne

Latrobe

Casey

Greater Geelong

Hume

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

3,400

3,233

3,016

2,918

2,843

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

3,684

3,112

2,910

2,613

3,145

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

3,905

2,878

3,164

2,426

3,343

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

3,922

2,528

2,195

1,855

2,331

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

2,770

1,704

1,321

1,294

1,731

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

2,384

1,366

1,203

1,209

1,244

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

2,233

921

1,024

797

1,009

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

1,712

601

625

510

1,057

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

1,948

802

674

488

763

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

1,893

644

590

611

765

2.5b Justice procedures offences—by offence rates

Figure 24: Offence rates per 100,000 population by LGA

 

Top 5 LGAs—offence rates for justice procedures offences

For the year ended March 2018, the five LGAs with the highest rate of justice procedures offences were: Latrobe, Horsham, Central Goldfields, Swan Hill and Greater Shepparton.

Table 12: Justice procedures offence rate per 100,000 population

 

Latrobe

Horsham

Central Goldfields

Swan Hill

Greater Shepparton

Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

4,312

3,399

3,114

2,642

2,528

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

4,171

3,232

3,083

2,072

2,368

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

3,872

3,512

2,452

1,980

2,308

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

3,412

2,814

1,387

2,146

1,774

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

2,303

1,247

1,121

1,374

1,094

Apr 2012 -Mar 2013

1,845

895

618

1,038

797

Apr 2011 -Mar 2012

1,245

954

590

853

833

Apr 2010 -Mar 2011

814

502

660

1,098

645

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

1,097

655

492

891

477

Apr 2008 - Mar 2009

891

582

572

955

477

3. Conclusion

Metropolitan and regional LGAs

Providing data on both the number of offences recorded and crime rates offers some interesting comparative information concerning crime occurring in Victorian LGAs. As expected, controlling for population size in LGAs leads to an increased representation of non-metropolitan LGAs. For instance, although Latrobe does not appear in the five LGAs with the highest number of offences recorded for any crime category except justice procedures offences, it is among the five LGAs with the highest crime rates for crimes against the person, property and deception offences, public order and justice proceduresoffences. Conversely, Greater Geelong ranks in the top five LGAs for number of crimes recorded for all five crime categories. However, once population size is controlled for, Greater Geelong does not appear in the five LGAs with the highest crime rates for any offence.

In relation to metropolitan and non-metropolitan LGAs, 12 non-metropolitan LGAs appeared at least once in the five LGAs with the highest crime rates. Unsurprisingly, the LGA of Melbourne, with the highest population of any LGA in Victoria, had the highest number of offences recorded for 2017-18 for each of the five major crime categories investigated.

In 2017-18 Melbourne had 5,261 crimes against the person recorded, 20,995 property and deception offences, 2,420 drug offences, 2,201 public order and security offences and 3,400 justice procedures offences. When population size was controlled for in the calculation of crime rates, the picture was more complex. For the offence categories of property and deception, drugs, and public order and security, Melbourne had the highest crime rates. In relation to crimes against the person, Melbourne had the second highest crime rate, with Latrobe displaying the highest. Examination of data for the past decade indicates that the crime rates for property and deception offences and crimes against the person are decreasing in the Melbourne LGA.

Crimes against the person

Crimes against the person offences were highest in metropolitan areas for number of crimes recorded. Taking population into account, the offence rate was dominated by regional LGAs. For 2017-18 the highest numbers of crimes against the person offences were all recorded in metropolitan areas (Melbourne, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong and Hume). When considering the crime rate, however, Melbourne was the only metropolitan LGA in the top five, with the four others being Latrobe, Ararat, Benalla and Yarriambiack. Over the past decade the crime rate for this category of offence has been gradually decreasing for Melbourne, but has demonstrated a variable increase in the other metropolitan LGAs. Since 2014, Latrobe has recorded a higher rate of crimes against the person than Melbourne.

Property and deception

Property and deception offences tended to be highest in metropolitan areas, whether the measure was the number of crimes recorded or the crime rate (although the exact LGAs involved changed according to the measure). For 2017-18 the highest numbers of property and deception offences were all recorded in metropolitan areas (Melbourne, Greater Geelong, Hume, Casey and Darebin). When considering the crime rate, Latrobe was the only non-metropolitan LGA in the top five, with the four others being Melbourne, Yarra, Port Phillip and Darebin. Over the past decade the crime rate for this category of offence has been steadily decreasing for Melbourne and has demonstrated some variability in the other metropolitan LGAs. The crime rate peaked in Latrobe in 2016-17 after consistently increasing since 2013-14.

Drugs

The number of drug offences for 2017-18 was highest in metropolitan areas: the five LGAs with the largest number of recorded drug offences were Melbourne, Greater Dandenong, Brimbank, Knox and Greater Geelong. All LGAs except Brimbank experienced an increase in the number of offences over the past decade (Brimbank peaked in the number of these offence in 2015-16 and the number has declined since then). However, when population size is controlled for, a different picture emerges: in addition to Melbourne, the other four LGAs with the highest crime rates for this offence category were all regional: Northern Grampians, Warrnambool, Ararat and Southern Grampians. Although each of these five LGAs experienced an overall increase in the crime rate for this offence over the past decade, there was considerable variability. Peak crime rates occurred in Melbourne in 2013-14, Northern Grampians in 2009-10, Warrnambool in 2014-15 and Ararat in 2013-14. Closer inspection of the data reveals that these peaks were usually associated with an increase in prosecutions for drug dealing and trafficking.

Public order and security

The data indicate that for 2017-18 the number of public order and security offences was highest in metropolitan areas (Melbourne, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Frankston and Hume). However, analysis of crime rates indicate that, in addition to Melbourne, four non-metropolitan areas experienced high crime rates for this offence category: Mildura, Swan Hill, Latrobe and Mansfield. Mildura and Mansfield have had a marked increase in this crime rate over the past decade, with figures for 2017-18 reflecting a three-fold increase in the crime rate over this period.

Justice procedures

Both metropolitan and regional LGAs were in the top five LGAS for the highest number of justice procedures offences for 2017-18. Melbourne had the highest number of recorded offences, closely followed by Latrobe, Casey, Greater Geelong and Hume. When population size was controlled for, a different picture emerged: the five LGAs with the highest crime rate for this offence were all regional—Latrobe, Horsham, Central Goldfields, Swan Hill and Greater Shepparton. Significantly, over the decade 2008-18, there was a consistent trend towards an increasing crime rate for this category of offence in each of these LGAs, with Horsham, Central Goldfields and Greater Shepparton experiencing a more than five-fold increase in the crime rate. A significant contributor to the increase in the number of offences and the crime rate for justice procedures offences was the introduction of breach of bail offences and family violence orders in 2013. These changes contributed to this offence category becoming one of the growing areas of concern for crime.

Overall, the analysis of crimes recorded and crime rates in relation to LGAs in Victoria presents a complex picture. Metropolitan areas predictably dominate in numbers of recorded crimes but non-metropolitan areas rank highly when crime rates per 100,000 of the population are considered. This is particularly noteworthy in relation to crime rates for drug, public order and security and justice procedures offences.

 

Appendix 1. Total crime offence counts and rates

 

Offence counts by LGA—year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence count

Alpine

483

Ararat

1,278

Ballarat

11,453

Banyule

9,562

Bass Coast

2,415

Baw Baw

3,975

Bayside

4,798

Benalla

1,332

Boroondara

7,085

Brimbank

17,621

Buloke

227

Campaspe

3,475

Cardinia

5,745

Casey

19,997

Central Goldfields

1,517

Colac-Otway

1,538

Corangamite

882

Darebin

14,749

East Gippsland

4,146

Frankston

14,313

Gannawarra

568

Glen Eira

6,780

Glenelg

1,603

Golden Plains

647

Greater Bendigo

9,655

Greater Dandenong

18,289

Greater Geelong

22,819

Greater Shepparton

8,139

Hepburn

870

Hindmarsh

345

Hobsons Bay

6,015

Horsham

2,472

Hume

20,522

Indigo

449

Kingston

10,376

Knox

11,407

Latrobe

13,395

Loddon

370

Macedon Ranges

2,421

LGA

Offence count

Manningham

4,732

Mansfield

641

Maribyrnong

8,086

Maroondah

7,878

Melbourne

36,844

Melton

10,443

Mildura

6,411

Mitchell

4,412

Moira

2,021

Monash

11,034

Moonee Valley

8,755

Moorabool

2,254

Moreland

13,353

Mornington Peninsula

11,043

Mount Alexander

1,095

Moyne

609

Murrindindi

692

Nillumbik

2,268

Northern Grampians

1,041

Port Phillip

12,562

Pyrenees

423

Queenscliffe

115

South Gippsland

1,432

Southern Grampians

1,331

Stonnington

10,179

Strathbogie

561

Surf Coast

1,139

Swan Hill

2,463

Towong

214

Wangaratta

2,377

Warrnambool

3,564

Wellington

3,556

West Wimmera

162

Whitehorse

8,169

Whittlesea

15,357

Wodonga

3,333

Wyndham

14,096

Yarra

13,424

Yarra Ranges

7,937

Yarriambiack

538

 

Total crime–offence rate per 100,000 population

Year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Alpine

3,825

Ararat

10,861

Ballarat

10,660

Banyule

7,306

Bass Coast

6,895

Baw Baw

7,678

Bayside

4,566

Benalla

9,530

Boroondara

3,905

Brimbank

8,378

Buloke

3,733

Campaspe

9,255

Cardinia

5,313

Casey

5,867

Central Goldfields

11,550

Colac-Otway

7,161

Corangamite

5,514

Darebin

9,163

East Gippsland

8,901

Frankston

10,084

Gannawarra

5,388

Glen Eira

4,401

Glenelg

8,165

Golden Plains

2,814

Greater Bendigo

8,341

Greater Dandenong

10,945

Greater Geelong

9,097

Greater Shepparton

12,278

Hepburn

5,487

Hindmarsh

6,136

Hobsons Bay

6,242

Horsham

12,411

Hume

9,080

Indigo

2,745

Kingston

6,342

Knox

6,964

Latrobe

17,866

Loddon

4,937

Macedon Ranges

4,899

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Manningham

3,731

Mansfield

7,218

Maribyrnong

8,725

Maroondah

6,673

Melbourne

21,153

Melton

6,722

Mildura

11,547

Mitchell

9,993

Moira

6,826

Monash

5,509

Moonee Valley

6,812

Moorabool

6,549

Moreland

7,391

Mornington Peninsula

6,680

Mount Alexander

5,632

Moyne

3,623

Murrindindi

4,834

Nillumbik

3,491

Northern Grampians

9,099

Port Phillip

11,140

Pyrenees

5,725

Queenscliffe

3,831

South Gippsland

4,870

Southern Grampians

8,342

Stonnington

8,765

Strathbogie

5,310

Surf Coast

3,542

Swan Hill

11,810

Towong

3,577

Wangaratta

8,185

Warrnambool

10,211

Wellington

8,069

West Wimmera

4,226

Whitehorse

4,628

Whittlesea

6,879

Wodonga

8,034

Wyndham

5,493

Yarra

13,661

Yarra Ranges

5,012

Yarriambiack

8,146

 

Appendix 2. Crimes against the person

Offence counts by LGA—year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence count

Alpine

158

Ararat

308

Ballarat

1,861

Banyule

1,114

Bass Coast

540

Baw Baw

829

Bayside

626

Benalla

344

Boroondara

889

Brimbank

2877

Buloke

56

Campaspe

613

Cardinia

982

Casey

4,071

Central Goldfields

244

Colac-Otway

294

Corangamite

252

Darebin

1,605

East Gippsland

983

Frankston

2,240

Gannawarra

128

Glen Eira

958

Glenelg

352

Golden Plains

123

Greater Bendigo

1,700

Greater Dandenong

3245

Greater Geelong

3,263

Greater Shepparton

1210

Hepburn

167

Hindmarsh

85

Hobsons Bay

949

Horsham

515

Hume

3,030

Indigo

141

Kingston

1,425

Knox

1,552

Latrobe

2,857

Loddon

94

Macedon Ranges

623

LGA

Offence count

Manningham

635

Mansfield

92

Maribyrnong

962

Maroondah

1,210

Melbourne

5,261

Melton

1,903

Mildura

1,121

Mitchell

921

Moira

372

Monash

1,353

Moonee Valley

1,046

Moorabool

430

Moreland

1,773

Mornington Peninsula

1,496

Mount Alexander

147

Moyne

193

Murrindindi

156

Nillumbik

352

Northern Grampians

255

Port Phillip

1,596

Pyrenees

106

Queenscliffe

12

South Gippsland

398

Southern Grampians

252

Stonnington

1,090

Strathbogie

135

Surf Coast

183

Swan Hill

473

Towong

41

Wangaratta

436

Warrnambool

651

Wellington

798

West Wimmera

34

Whitehorse

1,124

Whittlesea

2,578

Wodonga

736

Wyndham

2,374

Yarra

1,576

Yarra Ranges

1,554

Yarriambiack

171

 

Crimes against the person–offence rate per 100,000 population

Year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Alpine

1,251

Ararat

2,617

Ballarat

1,732

Banyule

851

Bass Coast

1,542

Baw Baw

1,601

Bayside

596

Benalla

2,461

Boroondara

490

Brimbank

1368

Buloke

921

Campaspe

1,633

Cardinia

908

Casey

1,194

Central Goldfields

1858

Colac-Otway

1,369

Corangamite

1,575

Darebin

997

East Gippsland

2,110

Frankston

1,578

Gannawarra

1,214

Glen Eira

622

Glenelg

1,793

Golden Plains

535

Greater Bendigo

1,469

Greater Dandenong

1942

Greater Geelong

1,301

Greater Shepparton

1825

Hepburn

1,053

Hindmarsh

1512

Hobsons Bay

985

Horsham

2,586

Hume

1,341

Indigo

862

Kingston

871

Knox

948

Latrobe

3,811

Loddon

1254

Macedon Ranges

1,261

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Manningham

501

Mansfield

1,036

Maribyrnong

1,038

Maroondah

1,025

Melbourne

3,020

Melton

1,225

Mildura

2,019

Mitchell

2,086

Moira

1,256

Monash

675

Moonee Valley

814

Moorabool

1,249

Moreland

981

Mornington Peninsula

905

Mount Alexander

756

Moyne

1,148

Murrindindi

1,090

Nillumbik

542

Northern Grampians

2,229

Port Phillip

1,415

Pyrenees

1,435

Queenscliffe

400

South Gippsland

1,354

Southern Grampians

1,579

Stonnington

939

Strathbogie

1,278

Surf Coast

569

Swan Hill

2,268

Towong

685

Wangaratta

1,501

Warrnambool

1,865

Wellington

1,811

West Wimmera

887

Whitehorse

637

Whittlesea

1,155

Wodonga

1,774

Wyndham

925

Yarra

1,604

Yarra Ranges

981

Yarriambiack

2,589

 

Appendix 3. Property & deception offences

Offence counts by LGA—year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence count

Alpine

184

Ararat

440

Ballarat

6,840

Banyule

5,584

Bass Coast

1,127

Baw Baw

1,933

Bayside

3,209

Benalla

560

Boroondara

5,072

Brimbank

9739

Buloke

120

Campaspe

1,682

Cardinia

3,134

Casey

10,766

Central Goldfields

697

Colac-Otway

829

Corangamite

381

Darebin

10,476

East Gippsland

1,584

Frankston

7,118

Gannawarra

279

Glen Eira

4,489

Glenelg

736

Golden Plains

343

Greater Bendigo

4,689

Greater Dandenong

9146

Greater Geelong

14,177

Greater Shepparton

4089

Hepburn

499

Hindmarsh

131

Hobsons Bay

3,768

Horsham

913

Hume

12,410

Indigo

219

Kingston

6,315

Knox

6,599

Latrobe

5,688

Loddon

198

Macedon Ranges

1,088

LGA

Offence count

Manningham

3,280

Mansfield

343

Maribyrnong

5,536

Maroondah

4,074

Melbourne

20,995

Melton

5,889

Mildura

2,810

Mitchell

1,964

Moira

947

Monash

7,759

Moonee Valley

5,786

Moorabool

1,282

Moreland

9,125

Mornington Peninsula

6,094

Mount Alexander

462

Moyne

293

Murrindindi

336

Nillumbik

1,442

Northern Grampians

360

Port Phillip

8,066

Pyrenees

206

Queenscliffe

94

South Gippsland

584

Southern Grampians

570

Stonnington

6,876

Strathbogie

308

Surf Coast

788

Swan Hill

1,049

Towong

98

Wangaratta

1,021

Warrnambool

1,584

Wellington

1,642

West Wimmera

70

Whitehorse

5,597

Whittlesea

9,384

Wodonga

1,611

Wyndham

8,434

Yarra

8,997

Yarra Ranges

3,977

Yarriambiack

227

 

Property & deception offences–offence rate per 100,000 population

Year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Alpine

1,457

Ararat

3,739

Ballarat

6,367

Banyule

4,266

Bass Coast

3,218

Baw Baw

3,734

Bayside

3,054

Benalla

4,007

Boroondara

2,795

Brimbank

4631

Buloke

1,973

Campaspe

4,480

Cardinia

2,898

Casey

3,159

Central Goldfields

5307

Colac-Otway

3,860

Corangamite

2,382

Darebin

6,508

East Gippsland

3,401

Frankston

5,015

Gannawarra

2,646

Glen Eira

2,914

Glenelg

3,749

Golden Plains

1492

Greater Bendigo

4,051

Greater Dandenong

5473

Greater Geelong

5,651

Greater Shepparton

6169

Hepburn

3,147

Hindmarsh

2330

Hobsons Bay

3,910

Horsham

4,584

Hume

5,491

Indigo

1,339

Kingston

3,860

Knox

4,029

Latrobe

7,586

Loddon

2642

Macedon Ranges

2,202

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Manningham

2,586

Mansfield

3,862

Maribyrnong

5,973

Maroondah

3,451

Melbourne

12,053

Melton

3,791

Mildura

5,061

Mitchell

4,448

Moira

3,198

Monash

3,874

Moonee Valley

4,502

Moorabool

3,725

Moreland

5,051

Mornington Peninsula

3,686

Mount Alexander

2,376

Moyne

1,743

Murrindindi

2,347

Nillumbik

2,220

Northern Grampians

3,147

Port Phillip

7,153

Pyrenees

2,788

Queenscliffe

3,131

South Gippsland

1,986

Southern Grampians

3,573

Stonnington

5,921

Strathbogie

2,915

Surf Coast

2,450

Swan Hill

5,030

Towong

1,638

Wangaratta

3,516

Warrnambool

4,538

Wellington

3,726

West Wimmera

1,826

Whitehorse

3,171

Whittlesea

4,204

Wodonga

3,883

Wyndham

3,287

Yarra

9,156

Yarra Ranges

2,512

Yarriambiack

3,437

 

Appendix 4. Drug offences

Offence counts by LGA—year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence count

Alpine

35

Ararat

119

Ballarat

398

Banyule

409

Bass Coast

131

Baw Baw

236

Bayside

222

Benalla

90

Boroondara

297

Brimbank

1,294

Buloke

3

Campaspe

127

Cardinia

391

Casey

1,071

Central Goldfields

73

Colac-Otway

70

Corangamite

63

Darebin

598

East Gippsland

245

Frankston

995

Gannawarra

26

Glen Eira

361

Glenelg

100

Golden Plains

26

Greater Bendigo

466

Greater Dandenong

1,453

Greater Geelong

1,086

Greater Shepparton

463

Hepburn

24

Hindmarsh

29

Hobsons Bay

240

Horsham

174

Hume

1,086

Indigo

20

Kingston

583

Knox

1,155

Latrobe

603

Loddon

9

Macedon Ranges

120

   

LGA

Offence count

Manningham

235

Mansfield

26

Maribyrnong

417

Maroondah

379

Melbourne

2,420

Melton

452

Mildura

411

Mitchell

328

Moira

114

Monash

474

Moonee Valley

432

Moorabool

94

Moreland

569

Mornington Peninsula

655

Mount Alexander

65

Moyne

18

Murrindindi

59

Nillumbik

137

Northern Grampians

142

Port Phillip

907

Pyrenees

11

Queenscliffe

2

South Gippsland

80

Southern Grampians

155

Stonnington

773

Strathbogie

18

Surf Coast

32

Swan Hill

105

Towong

3

Wangaratta

196

Warrnambool

368

Wellington

214

West Wimmera

10

Whitehorse

338

Whittlesea

769

Wodonga

238

Wyndham

697

Yarra

789

Yarra Ranges

436

Yarriambiack

5

 

Drug­ offences–offence rate per 100,000 population

Year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Alpine

277

Ararat

1,011

Ballarat

370

Banyule

312

Bass Coast

374

Baw Baw

456

Bayside

211

Benalla

644

Boroondara

164

Brimbank

615

Buloke

49

Campaspe

338

Cardinia

362

Casey

314

Central Goldfields

556

Colac-Otway

326

Corangamite

394

Darebin

372

East Gippsland

526

Frankston

701

Gannawarra

247

Glen Eira

234

Glenelg

509

Golden Plains

113

Greater Bendigo

403

Greater Dandenong

870

Greater Geelong

433

Greater Shepparton

698

Hepburn

151

Hindmarsh

516

Hobsons Bay

249

Horsham

874

Hume

481

Indigo

122

Kingston

356

Knox

705

Latrobe

804

Loddon

120

Macedon Ranges

243

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Manningham

185

Mansfield

293

Maribyrnong

450

Maroondah

321

Melbourne

1,389

Melton

291

Mildura

740

Mitchell

743

Moira

385

Monash

237

Moonee Valley

336

Moorabool

273

Moreland

315

Mornington Peninsula

396

Mount Alexander

334

Moyne

107

Murrindindi

412

Nillumbik

211

Northern Grampians

1,241

Port Phillip

804

Pyrenees

149

Queenscliffe

67

South Gippsland

272

Southern Grampians

972

Stonnington

666

Strathbogie

170

Surf Coast

100

Swan Hill

503

Towong

50

Wangaratta

675

Warrnambool

1,054

Wellington

486

West Wimmera

261

Whitehorse

192

Whittlesea

344

Wodonga

574

Wyndham

272

Yarra

803

Yarra Ranges

275

Yarriambiack

76

 

Appendix 5. Public order & security offences

Offence counts by LGA—year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence count

Alpine

66

Ararat

120

Ballarat

668

Banyule

445

Bass Coast

194

Baw Baw

237

Bayside

275

Benalla

115

Boroondara

304

Brimbank

1,092

Buloke

23

Campaspe

208

Cardinia

392

Casey

1,033

Central Goldfields

93

Colac-Otway

119

Corangamite

60

Darebin

627

East Gippsland

409

Frankston

1,115

Gannawarra

26

Glen Eira

383

Glenelg

108

Golden Plains

43

Greater Bendigo

749

Greater Dandenong

1,604

Greater Geelong

1,320

Greater Shepparton

694

Hepburn

21

Hindmarsh

48

Hobsons Bay

378

Horsham

182

Hume

1,101

Indigo

39

Kingston

624

Knox

730

Latrobe

992

Loddon

22

Macedon Ranges

132

   

LGA

Offence count

Manningham

176

Mansfield

107

Maribyrnong

508

Maroondah

546

Melbourne

4,327

Melton

521

Mildura

790

Mitchell

367

Moira

124

Monash

486

Moonee Valley

578

Moorabool

126

Moreland

620

Mornington Peninsula

1,056

Mount Alexander

72

Moyne

42

Murrindindi

53

Nillumbik

99

Northern Grampians

103

Port Phillip

945

Pyrenees

18

Queenscliffe

3

South Gippsland

89

Southern Grampians

150

Stonnington

730

Strathbogie

24

Surf Coast

70

Swan Hill

277

Towong

37

Wangaratta

337

Warrnambool

343

Wellington

284

West Wimmera

20

Whitehorse

422

Whittlesea

586

Wodonga

236

Wyndham

794

Yarra

1,012

Yarra Ranges

503

Yarriambiack

34

 

Public order & security offences–offence rate per 100,000 population

Year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Alpine

523

Ararat

1,020

Ballarat

622

Banyule

340

Bass Coast

554

Baw Baw

458

Bayside

262

Benalla

823

Boroondara

168

Brimbank

519

Buloke

378

Campaspe

554

Cardinia

363

Casey

303

Central Goldfields

708

Colac-Otway

554

Corangamite

375

Darebin

390

East Gippsland

878

Frankston

786

Gannawarra

247

Glen Eira

249

Glenelg

550

Golden Plains

187

Greater Bendigo

647

Greater Dandenong

960

Greater Geelong

526

Greater Shepparton

1,047

Hepburn

132

Hindmarsh

854

Hobsons Bay

392

Horsham

914

Hume

487

Indigo

238

Kingston

381

Knox

446

Latrobe

1,323

Loddon

294

Macedon Ranges

267

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Manningham

139

Mansfield

1,205

Maribyrnong

548

Maroondah

463

Melbourne

2,484

Melton

335

Mildura

1,423

Mitchell

831

Moira

419

Monash

243

Moonee Valley

450

Moorabool

366

Moreland

343

Mornington Peninsula

639

Mount Alexander

370

Moyne

250

Murrindindi

370

Nillumbik

152

Northern Grampians

900

Port Phillip

838

Pyrenees

244

Queenscliffe

100

South Gippsland

303

Southern Grampians

940

Stonnington

629

Strathbogie

227

Surf Coast

218

Swan Hill

1,328

Towong

619

Wangaratta

1,160

Warrnambool

983

Wellington

644

West Wimmera

522

Whitehorse

239

Whittlesea

262

Wodonga

569

Wyndham

309

Yarra

1,030

Yarra Ranges

318

Yarriambiack

515

 

Appendix 6. Justice procedures offences

Offence counts by LGA—year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence count

Alpine

40

Ararat

286

Ballarat

1,670

Banyule

1,992

Bass Coast

409

Baw Baw

700

Bayside

443

Benalla

216

Boroondara

507

Brimbank

2,563

Buloke

16

Campaspe

842

Cardinia

810

Casey

3,016

Central Goldfields

409

Colac-Otway

223

Corangamite

123

Darebin

1,415

East Gippsland

904

Frankston

2,823

Gannawarra

101

Glen Eira

568

Glenelg

303

Golden Plains

109

Greater Bendigo

2,037

Greater Dandenong

2,796

Greater Geelong

2,918

Greater Shepparton

1,676

Hepburn

156

Hindmarsh

41

Hobsons Bay

643

Horsham

677

Hume

2,843

Indigo

28

Kingston

1,371

Knox

1,347

Latrobe

3,233

Loddon

44

Macedon Ranges

451

   

LGA

Offence count

Manningham

400

Mansfield

48

Maribyrnong

642

Maroondah

1,620

Melbourne

3,400

Melton

1,658

Mildura

1,268

Mitchell

823

Moira

461

Monash

916

Moonee Valley

859

Moorabool

317

Moreland

1,240

Mornington Peninsula

1,721

Mount Alexander

346

Moyne

61

Murrindindi

74

Nillumbik

236

Northern Grampians

171

Port Phillip

1,024

Pyrenees

68

Queenscliffe

4

South Gippsland

278

Southern Grampians

200

Stonnington

684

Strathbogie

72

Surf Coast

62

Swan Hill

551

Towong

28

Wangaratta

379

Warrnambool

609

Wellington

612

West Wimmera

28

Whitehorse

650

Whittlesea

2,026

Wodonga

503

Wyndham

1,761

Yarra

1,010

Yarra Ranges

1,439

Yarriambiack

95

 

Justice procedures offences–offence rate per 100,000 population

Year ended March 2018

 

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Alpine

317

Ararat

2,430

Ballarat

1,554

Banyule

1,522

Bass Coast

1,168

Baw Baw

1,352

Bayside

422

Benalla

1,545

Boroondara

279

Brimbank

1,219

Buloke

263

Campaspe

2,243

Cardinia

749

Casey

885

Central Goldfields

3,114

Colac-Otway

1,038

Corangamite

769

Darebin

879

East Gippsland

1,941

Frankston

1,989

Gannawarra

958

Glen Eira

369

Glenelg

1,543

Golden Plains

474

Greater Bendigo

1,760

Greater Dandenong

1,673

Greater Geelong

1,163

Greater Shepparton

2,528

Hepburn

984

Hindmarsh

729

Hobsons Bay

667

Horsham

3,399

Hume

1,258

Indigo

171

Kingston

838

Knox

822

Latrobe

4,312

Loddon

587

Macedon Ranges

913

LGA

Offence rate per 100,000 population

Manningham

315

Mansfield

540

Maribyrnong

693

Maroondah

1,372

Melbourne

1,952

Melton

1,067

Mildura

2,284

Mitchell

1,864

Moira

1,557

Monash

457

Moonee Valley

668

Moorabool

921

Moreland

686

Mornington Peninsula

1,041

Mount Alexander

1,780

Moyne

363

Murrindindi

517

Nillumbik

363

Northern Grampians

1,495

Port Phillip

908

Pyrenees

920

Queenscliffe

133

South Gippsland

945

Southern Grampians

1,254

Stonnington

589

Strathbogie

682

Surf Coast

193

Swan Hill

2,642

Towong

468

Wangaratta

1,305

Warrnambool

1,745

Wellington

1,389

West Wimmera

730

Whitehorse

368

Whittlesea

908

Wodonga

1,213

Wyndham

686

Yarra

1,028

Yarra Ranges

909

Yarriambiack

1,438

 

References

Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Crime Statistics Victoria, Year ending 31 March 2018, Melbourne.

Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Download Data, CSA website.

Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Explanatory notes, CSA website.

Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Offence Classification, CSA website.

Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Recorded Offences, CSA website.

 

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[footnote 1] Crimes Statistics Agency (2018) Explanatory notes, CSA website.

[footnote 2] Offence rates per 100,000 population are calculated using the offence count for the reference period and the most recent Estimated Resident Population (ERP) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The offence rate is calculated using the following formula: (Offence count/ERP count) *100,000

For more information see Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Explanatory notes, Rates per 100,000 population, CSA website.

[footnote 3] Crimes Statistics Agency (2018) Explanatory notes, CSA website.

[footnote 4] For detailed information on crime categories, see Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Offence Classification, CSA website.

[footnote 5] Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Recorded Offences; CSA website.

[footnote 6] Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Download Data, CSA website. Choose Data tables—Offence Visualisation Table 01 and 02. See B311 Residential aggravated burglary under the Offence Subgroup column. Please note, the spreadsheet contains the totality of the data, but may require further analysis, summing or filtering to obtain the totals discussed in the publication.

[footnote 7] Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Crime Statistics Victoria, Year ending 31 March 2018, Melbourne, p. 39.

[footnote 8] T. Mills, C. Butt and M. Cunningham (2018) 'Overall crime rate down, sex offences spike', The Age, 16 March 2018.

[footnote 9] Crime Statistics Agency (2018) Download Data, Data tables – Offence Visualisation Table 05 and 06, CSA website.