About Victoria Police
Release date: Tue 16 December 2014
Last updated: Wed 15 April 2015
Corporate Statistics is required to collect, collate, analyse and disseminate statistical data collected by Victoria Police. Reports that provide statistics and analysis for crime and traffic issues are published regularly. Corporate Statistics also provides an advisory service to both internal and external customers.
Crime, traffic and population statistics are collected, with crime and traffic statistics covering the whole of Victoria.
All data requests should be directed to: mailto: CORPORATESTATISTICS-REQUESTS-MGR@police.vic.gov.au.
The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) is responsible for processing, analysing and publishing Victorian crime statistics, independent of Victoria Police.
The CSA aims to provide an efficient and transparent information service to assist and inform policy makers, researchers and the Victorian public.
The legal basis for the Crime Statistics Agency is the Crime Statistics Act 2014, which provides for the publication and release of crime statistics, research into crime trends, and the employment of a Chief Statistician for that purpose.
Under the provisions of the Act, the Chief Statistician is empowered to receive law enforcement data from the Chief Commissioner of Police and is responsible for publishing and releasing statistical information relating to crime in Victoria.
The 2013-14 publication contains detailed statistics on crime reported to or detected by Victoria Police for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2014 together with comparisons with the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The source of the data is Victoria Police Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP).
If you require an alternative format of the publication (eg: WORD) please email CORPORATESTATISTICS-REQUESTS-MGR@police.vic.gov.au
If you require copies of previous publications (if available) please download and complete the order form located on the right. Online copies can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Previous Crime Statistics Publications
On 1 March, 1993, Victoria Police implemented the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) statewide. The LEAP database is fully relational and stores particulars of all crimes bought to the notice of police as well as family incidents and missing persons. It also includes details on locations, vehicles and persons involved. The database is online and updated constantly, 24 hours a day.
A copy of the LEAP database is downloaded each night for use by various areas of the Victoria Police to produce crime statistics and conduct data analysis.
Caution should be exercised when interpreting recorded crime statistics, as only those offences which become known to police and for which a crime report has been completed are included in the statistics.
Victoria Police uses three methods of counting crime depending on the particular offence. For all crime against the person, and most crime against property, the counting unit is the number of principal victims for each separate occurrence of the offence. For example, if three offenders assault two persons, then two offences of assault are recorded.
For offences against statute such as possess and use drugs, the number of alleged offenders is the counting unit. For example, if three offenders were found in possession of cannabis, then three offences of possessing cannabis would be counted. For a small number of infrequent offences, such as piracy, the event itself becomes the counting unit; that is, one offence is counted for each incident of piracy.
Only the most serious offence which best describes a distinct course of criminal conduct is recorded in official crime statistics, even though an offender may be charged with other offences resulting from the one incident. For example, an offender carrying a firearm commits an armed robbery - only the offence of armed robbery is recorded although the offender would be charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm.
The number of distinct courses of criminal conduct occurring within an incident will generally be one unless there is a break in time and/or location. For example, if an offender presents three valueless cheques to a teller only one offence would be recorded but if the three cheques were presented at different times or at different branches then three offences would be recorded.
Broad offence categories
Those persons who for legal or other reasons were apprehended but were not charged are also included. Persons are counted on each occasion they are processed and for each offence counted in recorded offences (e.g. a person processed on three occasions will be counted three times). Only the offence in recorded offences for which the offender has been processed is included.
The number of offences counted in the recorded figures for offences however, would be one offence of armed robbery. The number of charges therefore, will be considerably higher than the number of reported offences and the number of offenders. Note that for a variety of reasons, offenders may not be subsequently presented before a court on all charges laid at the time of their apprehension.
Publication - An overview of Victorian crime statistics
Collisions Management Information System
CMIS contains an accident blackspot module, which provides users with information pertaining to traffic accident blackspots. Either intersection or mid-block blackspots can be targeted, with results shown as a simple tabular summary or in more detailed reports.
Vehicle Impoundment Statistics
Corporate Statistics has produced various population and demographic statistics by Police Regions, Divisions, Districts and Local Government Areas.
Population figures used for state level statistics were calculated using estimated resident population figures as at 31 December, 2013 obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS Cat. No. 3101.0). This date is the mid-point of the year of 2013-14.
Population figures used for Region, Division, District and LGA statistics were calculated using estimated resident population figures as at 30 June, 2013 obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS Cat. No. 3218.0).
These are available from the ABS website link on the right side of this page.