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Reporting crime to the police

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 68

Carlos Carcach
ISBN 0 642 24034 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 1997


Victim surveys indicate that a large number of crimes are not reported to police. By using unit record data from the 1993 National Crime and Safety Survey, Carcach identifies the factors affecting Australians' willingness to report crime; analyses the significance this decision has on victims and the criminal justice system; isolates those factors which are influential in the decision to report crime; and discusses their implications for public policy and for future crime surveys. He deals with three offences: robbery, assault, and break and enter.


Media release: Crimes go unreported