19 April 2018
Previous Crime Statistics Agency analysis of reoffending has focused on youth. This fact sheet examined the offending frequency of alleged offenders of all ages recorded in the 10 years to 30 June 2017, and explored the characteristics of those who were chronic offenders during the study period (more than 10 alleged offender incidents) compared with those who offended less frequently.
Key findings include:
- Of all alleged offenders, 6.3% were chronic offenders and were responsible for 43.9% of the recorded offender incidents during the 10-year period.
- People aged under 25 years (at the time their first offender incident was recorded during the 10-year period) made up more than half (54.2%) of all chronic offenders.
- The majority of chronic offenders were male (83.3%) and were born in Australia (84.3%).
- The most commonly recorded offence type for chronic offenders was non-aggravated burglary, followed by stealing from a retail store.
- The most commonly recorded police outcome for chronic offenders was arrest.
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