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Release date: Tue 16 December 2014
Last updated: Wed 15 April 2015
Victoria Police Crime Statistics
The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) is responsible for processing, analysing and publishing Victorian crime statistics, independent of Victoria Police.
Victoria Police Crime Statistics Official Release includes statistical summaries of offences recorded by police in Victoria for the previous financial year.
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Statistics included in this publication were compiled from data stored on the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) and extracted on 18 July, 2014.
LEAP is a dynamic database designed primarily for operational policing purposes. Victoria Police update existing records with new information as it becomes available, and revise records when investigation identifies additional information. The Central Data Entry Bureau of Victoria Police also amend records when quality control checks identify inaccurate or incomplete information.
Due to the dynamic nature of LEAP, statistics produced at different times from the same data may vary. For example, an offence of burglary may be counted as unsolved in statistics produced at the end of January because no offender has yet been processed. However, if an offender was processed in April for this offence, statistics reproduced in May for the month of January would differ to those previously produced in January.
Because of the above, statistics produced in this publication for previous financial years will differ slightly from those previously published. The percentage changes in crime over time that are included in this publication are also based on data taken from the LEAP database on 18 July, 2014, and may differ slightly to those calculated from previously published data.
Recorded crime consists of those offences recorded on LEAP during the reporting period, regardless of when the offence occurred or when it was reported to police.
Cleared crime refers to all offences recorded on LEAP that have resulted in: one or more offenders being processed for the offence; an investigation revealing that no offence has occurred; the complaint being withdrawn; or the perpetrator was known but for legal and/or other reasons could not be charged (e.g. under age or deceased). Total clearances are those offences cleared in the reporting period, and are represented as a ratio to the number of offences recorded in the same period. Total clearance rates can therefore be over 100% for some offence categories, as clearances may include offences recorded in previous years.