How has youth crime in Victoria changed over the past ten years?

19 July 2016

This short 'in fact' paper examines the police-recorded offending behaviour of three groups of young offenders (10 to 14 year olds, 15 to 19 year olds and 20 to 24 year olds) and how their behaviour differs across three two-year time periods (2007-2008, 2011-2012 and 2015-2016). 

Key findings:

  • The proportion of incidents committed by alleged offenders under the age of 25 has fallen from half of all incidents recorded in 2007-2008 to 40% of all incidents in 2015-2016. 
  • The proportion of young offenders recorded with higher numbers of incidents has increased slightly over time. For example, during 2007-2008, 17% of offenders under the age of 25 had three or more incidents recorded, and this increased to 22% in 2015-2016. 
  • Over the past five years, the proportions of young offenders recorded for offences against the person, drug offences and justice procedures offences have increased, while the proportions recorded for property and deception offences and other offences have decreased. 


The full publication is available for download below. 


Figure: Proportion of incidents accounted for by age group, 2007-2008, 2010-2011 and 2015-2016




Crime Statistics Agency
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