Less robbery victims but more property crime in Australia
Robberies are down a whopping 39% since 2010.
Despite minor increases in property crime last year, the number of robbery victims in Australia declined for the fifth year in a row, according to the latest figures.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) annual recorded crime stats reveal there were 8,966 victims of robbery in 2015. This represents a decrease of 9% year-on-year and a total reduction of 39% since 2010.
More than two thirds (5,428) of all robbery victims were male. NSW saw the biggest decline in robberies in 2015, falling 24% or 920 victims.
Property crime rose in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory in 2015. There were small year-on-year increases associated with crimes of unlawful entry with intent (+1%), car theft (+3%) and victims of other theft (+5%).
Homicide rates in Australia fell for the fourth consecutive year, down 2% in 2015 from 421 to 413 victims.
However, the number of reported sexual assaults were up 3% year-on-year, totalling 21,380 victims. Women (83%) were the primary target, while the number of male victims has been gradually rising since 2011.
For the first time since 2010, more kidnapping/abductions took place in a residential location than a community area in 2015.
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