Tasmania's crime figures down: ABS

FEWER Tasmanians were the victim of a crime last year than five years ago, according to a study released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.

The crime victimisation study was extrapolated out of interviews in 2012-2013, which asked about their experience with assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and malicious property damage.

It found that an estimated 10,500 Tasmanians, or 2.6 per cent of the population, experienced a physical assault in the 12 months prior to 2012-2013, down from 4 per cent in 2011-2012 and 4.1 per cent in 2008-2009.

The proportion of households that experienced a break-in or attempted break-in was estimated at 2.3 per cent and 2 per cent respectively, down from 2.5 per cent and 3.1 per cent in 2008-2009.

The incidence of malicious property damage dropped by almost half in the past five years, from 11 per cent of households in 2008-2009 to 6.7 per cent in 2013-2012.

The study also found that reporting of crime to Tasmania Police was up in all categories except theft from a motor vehicle.

The ABS said the Tasmanian results reflected a decrease in crime nationally.


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