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The Size of the Crime Problem in Australia

David Biles
October, 1979

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At the National Conference of the Australian Crime Prevention Council, held in Hobart in August 1979, a number of participants raised the question of whether or not crime was increasing in Australia, and, if so, by how much. It is disturbing that the answers to these questions are not generally known - especially to people concerned with crime prevention. The main reason for this state of affairs is that crime statistics are not available in Australia in a uniform, comprehensive and up-to-date basis.