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Latest facts and figures on crime in Australia

Media Release

24 February 2004

The sixth edition of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) publication, Australian crime: facts and figures, will provide important information for agencies involved in fighting crime across Australia, the Acting Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, Dr Toni Makkai, said today.

"Australian crime: facts and figures 2003 has been expanded to include information on fraud and cybercrime while continuing to provide a useful national statistical snapshot of crime in Australia," Dr Makkai said.

Drug arrest data shows that persons charged with supply-type offences has gone up for heroin and amphetamines. The National Household Survey on Drugs shows that illicit drug use has decreased.

The percentage of homicides committed with a firearm continued to decline.

In the past two years, there has been a 29 per cent decrease in armed robberies. Burglaries have also been declining over this period.

Forty-two per cent of organisations surveyed experienced a harmful computer security incident and the virus/worm/trojan infection was the most frequently encountered type of cybercrime.

"The AIC continues its role as a valuable clearing house for data on crime and criminal justice statistics," Dr Makkai said.

The report includes a number of different types of recorded crimes, their place of occurrence, victim details, responses of criminal justice agencies and data on government resources directed to deal with crime.

This publication uses statistics from the AIC as well as data holdings at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other government agencies.