Crime down 0.6% in past 12 months
WHEN the latest Crime Stats were released last week and showed Strathbogie Shire had an increase of 30.39 percent it may have had some heads spinning.
However, this figure does not show the true picture as it represented an increase of only 148 offences over a 12 month period from 487 in 2016 to 635 by June 30, 2017.
Acting Inspector Della Nhiall for Mitchell and Strathbogie was not available for comment at the time going to press.
Over all the state recorded a drop in the crime rate - down 0.6 per cent from offences recorded in the same period in the previous year.
The figures were calculated to June 30 this year and highlighted were:
homicide and related offences up 9.9 per cent;
assault and related offences up 4.2 per cent;
sexual offences up 6.6 percent;
robbery up 10.6 per cent;
blackmail and extortion up 6.3 per cent; and
Drug use and possession up 4.7 per cent.
Family incidents decreased in the year to June 30, 2017, down 1.9 per cent from 78,006 to 76,500.
There were 178,935 offender incidents recorded, up 6.4 per cent from 168,103 in the year to June 2016.
Victim reports increased in the year to June 30 by 0.7 per cent to 323,576 victim reports.
Across the state from July 2015 to June 2017, the major offence categories that showed significant upward trends included robbery (up 10.6 per cent); dangers and negligent acts endangering people (up 14.4 per cent) and transport egulaton offences (up 37.3 per cent).
Drug dealing and trafficking went down 14.6 per cent from 5208 to 4450.
The age group with the highest proportion of victims was 25– 29 year olds, who made up 12.6 per cent of all person victims.
Unique victims aged 65 years and over made up 7.6 per cent of all victims in 2016–17.
There were 82,486 alleged offenders recorded by police in 2016–17, up 4.2 per cent compared to 2015–16.
Of the 82,486 alleged offenders, 77.1 per cent ( 63,627) were males and 22.5 per cent (18,581) were females.
The age group with the highest proportion of alleged offenders was 20– 24 year olds, who made up 15.6 per cent of all person offenders.
More than half (55.6 per cent) of all person offenders were between 15 and 34 years of age.
Some 66.4 per cent of all alleged offenders were involved in one incident in 2016–17.
Source: https:// www. crimestatistics.vic.gov.au/.