Offending behaviour of young people revealed in new Crime Statistics Agency research


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Offending behaviour of young people revealed in new Crime Statistics Agency research


Fewer young people committed crimes together in 2016 compared to a decade ago, Crime Statistics Agency research released today shows.


Two research papers examined youth crime trends in Victoria, one detailing young people’s co-offending patterns, and the other analysing the seriousness of offences committed by first-time young offenders.


The co-offending research found that 56% of young offenders (10-17 year olds) committed at least one offence with another person in 2016, down from 63% in 2007.


Crime Statistics Agency Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said that young offenders were more likely to co-offend compared to their adult counterparts.


‘More than half (56%) of all young offenders committed at least one crime in the company of others, compared to 30% of offenders aged 18 to 24,’ Ms Dowsley said.

‘Our research shows that the crime type most likely to be committed in company is robbery.


‘Young people were less likely to commit serious assaults and motor vehicle thefts in company, and co-offending for these crimes have both decreased compared to 2007.’

Further research found that the number of first-time young offenders committing crimes against the person remained stable over time, while the number recorded for a property and deception offence significantly decreased.


Ms Dowsley said that the number of property and deception offences decreased by an average of nearly 9% per year.


‘The decrease in recorded property offences committed by young people was driven by a drop in retail theft offences,’ Ms Dowsley said.

‘We’ve also seen a reduction in the number of young people committing serious assaults in the last five years, and this reflects the broader trends highlighted in our quarterly crime statistics.’



The research paper Co-offending among young Victorian offenders in 2016 is available here. It examined the offences (excluding family violence) committed by people aged 10-17 in any year from 2007 to 2016.


The research paper Are more first-time young offenders being recorded for serious crimes than in the past? is available here. It examined trends in first-time offending by 10-17 year olds between 2012 and 2016.


For further information please contact:
Jacqueline Woerner, Crime Statistics Agency Research & Evaluation Manager
Phone: 8684 1828
Email: (External link)  

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