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Crime Figures Released For 2014 – Theft & Homicide Down Sexual Violence Up

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the crime figures for 2014 and they showed that there has been a five year low in homicide, robbery and motor vehicle but there has been an increase in sexual violence for third consecutive year.

Between 2013 and 2014 the number of recorded victims decreased for the majority of offence categories. Robbery had the largest proportional decrease of 16% (1,825 victims).
Homicide, kidnapping/abduction, robbery, unlawful entry with intent and motor vehicle theft victims all fell to five year lows.

The number of reported sexual assault victims increased for the third consecutive year, up 3% since 2013 to 20,677 victims. Victims of blackmail/extortion offences also rose (up 4% to 527 victims).

The sexual assault victimisation rate per 100,000 persons was 88.0 in 2014, compared to 86.6 in 2013.

Persons aged 19 years and under made up 60% of all sexual assault victims in 2014.

Females made up 83% of sexual assault victims in 2014.

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