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Understanding crime trends in Australia

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This paper argues that rising crime figures are partly due to a short term trend in population growth and to changes in society which have increased the opportunity for crime. The authors discuss the types of offences committed by different age groups; increased opportunities for juvenile offending; and government, community and media reactions to reported crime statistics. They also claim that the myth of ever increasing crime may be being perpetuated by placing greater demands on police, courts and prisons at the expense of alternative strategies.

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Walker J & Henderson M 1991. Understanding crime trends in Australia. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 28. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi28