Robberies increase in 2019 for fourth year in a row

The number of victims of robbery rose to almost 12,000 in 2019, an increase of 16 per cent on 2018 and the fourth consecutive yearly rise, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS Director of Crime and Justice Statistics, William Milne, said over the last four years the number of victims of robbery recorded by police had risen by 25 per cent.

“Most of the victims of robbery in 2019 were male (76 per cent), with one in five of all victims (22 per cent) aged between 15 and 19 years.

“Just under half (49 per cent) were armed robberies and of these 46 per cent involved a knife with most robberies committed at a community location, such as a suburban street.”

The number of victims of burglary and motor vehicle thefts also rose between 2018 and 2019, with a 3 per cent rise in victims of burglary (173,344) and a 9 per cent increase in motor vehicle theft victims (58,021).

The majority of these offences occurred at a residential location; 53 per cent of motor vehicle thefts and 72 per cent of burglaries.

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