Number of burglaries at a nine-year low
The number of victims of burglary recorded by police reached a nine-year low in 2018, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Thursday.
ABS Director of Crime and Justice Statistics, William Milne, said there were almost 170,000 victims of burglary recorded by police in 2018.
“The number of burglaries nationally has decreased by over 20 per cent, from a peak of 215,000 in 2012,” Mr Milne said.
Five states and territories recorded decreases since 2017:
- Victoria – down 5815 or 13 per cent
- New South Wales – down 1539 or four per cent
- Western Australia – down 3114 or nine per cent
- Australian Capital Territory – down 407 or 16 per cent
- Tasmania – down 319 or 10 per cent
Only Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory bucked the burglary trend.
“The majority of burglaries took place at a residential location (just over 70 per cent); the second most common location was a retail premises (10 per cent),” Mr Milne said.
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