CRIME levels continue to drop across the Territory, according to the latest statistics.Drawing from the September 2013 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile in the Legislative Assembly today, Attorney General Simon Corbell said in the year to September 2013, robbery offences have decreased by 37 per cent, motor vehicle theft has decreased by 32 per cent, burglary and weapons offences have both decreased by 16 per cent, sexual assault has decreased by 15 per cent and assault and public order offences have both decreased by 8 per cent.
Currently there is a 15 per cent decrease, year on year, in sexual assault offences (372 offences in the year to September 2013 compared to 437 offences in year to September 2012).
However, there has been a 12 per cent increase in sexual assaults over a longer, five year period.
The 2013 Review of the Criminal Justice Statistical Profile Report recommended providing more criminal justice data, more analysis on the data set, and improvements to format and presentation. The new profile includes 24 new tables and 27 revised tables.
“New data on victims of crime fulfils a need to have more frequent and current data available. The inclusion of quarterly victims of crime data will provide more information about ACT victims and how to respond to their needs,” Mr Cobell said.