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4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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HOUSEHOLD CRIME SUMMARY

VICTIMISATION

It is estimated that in the 12 months prior to interview in 2011-12, of the 8.7 million households in Australia:
    249,800 (2.9%) households were victims of at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed, collectively experiencing 372,400 incidents.
    196,600 (2.3%) households were victims of at least one attempted break-in to their home, garage or shed, collectively experiencing 295,200 incidents.
    60,900 (0.7%) households had at least one motor vehicle stolen, collectively experiencing 65,600 incidents.
    307,100 (3.5%) households were victims of at least one theft of property from a motor vehicle, collectively experiencing 379,200 incidents.
    649,900 (7.5%) households were victims of at least one incident of malicious property damage, collectively experiencing 1.1 million incidents.
    284,100 (3.3%) households were victims of at least one incident of other theft, collectively experiencing 488,100 incidents.

2011-12 Household Crime Victimisation Rates, Australia
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Footnotes
(a) Other Theft includes other types of theft not covered by the other types of crime, for example theft of property from a yard or theft of property belonging to someone in the household from someone else's house or motor vehicle.

Households were more likely to be victims of malicious property damage (7.5%) than any other of the selected household crimes. Households were less likely to be a victim of motor vehicle theft (0.7%) than any of the other types of household crime.

EXPERIENCE OF MULTIPLE INCIDENTS

Households that experienced motor vehicle theft were more likely to have it happen only once. Nearly all victims of motor vehicle theft (94%) experienced only one incident of motor vehicle theft in the 12 months prior to interview. This was a higher rate than for all the other types of the selected household crimes where households experienced one incident, with around four-fifths of victims of theft from a motor vehicle (83%), break-in (80%) and attempted break-in (78%) experiencing only one incident and about three-quarters of victims of other types of theft (77%) and malicious property damage (77%).

Over one in ten households (11%) experienced three or more incidents of other types of theft in the 12 months prior to interview. Victims of other theft experienced a higher level of multiple incidents than victims of any of the other selected household crime types, with less than 10% of victims of the other types of household crime experiencing three or more incidents in the 12 months prior to interview.

2011-12 Number of Incidents of Household Crime Experienced, Australia
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Footnotes
(a) Other Theft includes other types of theft not covered by the other types of crime, for example theft of property from a yard or theft of property belonging to someone in the household from someone else's house or motor vehicle.

REPORTING TO POLICE

The proportion of incidents of household crime reported to police varied between offence types:
    79% for break-in.
    41% for attempted break-in.
    91% for motor vehicle theft.
    51% for theft of property from a motor vehicle.
    46% for malicious property damage.
    38% for other theft.

2011-12 Rates of Reporting of Household Crimes to Police, Australia
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Footnotes
(a) Other Theft includes other types of theft not covered by the other types of crime, for example theft of property from a yard or theft of property belonging to someone in the household from someone else's house or motor vehicle.

Incidents of motor vehicle theft (91%) and break-in (79%) were more likely to be reported to police than any of the other selected types of household crime.

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