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Country vs country: Australia and United States compared: Crime stats

Definitions

  • Age of criminal responsibility: The age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.  The lowest age is indicated for countries where there isn’t a single age limit, for example where different states have different regulations (such as the USA) or there is different limits for boy and girls (such as in Iran). The spectrum is specifically wide for the USA and Mexico (both 6-12 years). Several US states do not stipulate any minimal age for criminal responsibility at all. For further qualifications, exceptions and other notes, please refer to notes.
  • Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years: Crime increasing in the past 3 years. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "In the past three years would you say the level of crime in your community has increased, stayed about the same, or decreased?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Crime levels: Level of crime. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How serious you feel the level of crime is?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Drugs > Annual cannabis use: Estimate of percentage of 15-64 year old population who use Cannabis.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night: Safety walking alone during night. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the night?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year): Year of last use.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents: Number of privately owned small firearms per 100 residents.
  • Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate: Homicides per 100’000 residents. Homicide is the death of a person purposefully inflicted by another person (it excludes suicides) outside of a state of war. Homicide is a broader category than murder, as it also includes manslaughter. The exact legal definition varies across countries, some of which include infanticide, assisted suicide, euthanasia and deaths caused by dangerous driving.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes per million people: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders with firearms: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Drugs > Opiates use: Annual prevalence.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murders: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Age of criminal responsibility (notes): Additional information, qualifications, exceptions and notes on the age of criminal responsibility stat, which indicates the age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Murders with firearms per million: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Murders per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Fear of crime > Violent hate crime: Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked: Worries attacked. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being physically attacked by strangers?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Murders > Per 100,000 people: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day: Safety walking alone during daylight. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the daylight?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Perceived problems > Illegal drugs: Problem people using or dealing drugs. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) people using or dealing drugs?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery: Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed: Worries being mugged or robbed. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being mugged and robbed?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft: Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) property crimes such as vandalism and theft?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter: Worries home broken and things stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How worried are you about....having your home broken into and something stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Auto theft: Number of motor vehicle thefts (car thefts) recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery: Problem corruption and bribery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) corruption and bribery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Rape victims: People victimized by sexual assault (as a % of the total population). Data refer to female population only. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use: Adult lifetime cannabis use.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted: Worries being insulted. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being insulted or pestered by anybody, while in the street or any other public place?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Sentence Length: Total average sentence length served
  • Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence: Possible other sentence.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Total crime victims: People victimized by crime (as a % of the total population). Data refer to people victimized by one or more of 11 crimes recorded in the survey: robbery, burglary, attempted burglary, car theft, car vandalism, bicycle theft, sexual assault, theft from car, theft of personal property, assault and threats. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 15-24: Suicide rates per 100,000 people by given age group, late 1990s.
  • Murders > WHO: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Prisoners > Female: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen: Worries things from car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having things stolen from your car?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Assault victims: People victimized by assault (as a % of the total population). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevelence.
  • Prisoners per 1000: Total persons incarcerated. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Drugs > HIV testing amongst drug users: Estimated percentage of injecting drug users who have been tested for HIV.
  • Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007: Number of guns owned per 100 residents in various countries. Following data relates to the year 2007.
  • Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence: Mandatory sentence.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen: Worries car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having your car stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21: Under age of 18 (or 21).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Property crime victims: People victimized by property crime (as a % of the total population). Includes car theft, theft from car, burglary with entry and attempted burglary. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders committed by youths: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999).
  • Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole: Minimum to serve before eligibility for requesting parole.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Car thefts per 1000: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Punishment > Maximum length of sentence: Maximum length of sentence (under life).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Robbery victims: People victimized by robbery (as a % of the total population). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Perception of safety > Walking in dark: Proportions in International Crime Victims Survey 2000 reporting that they feel safe walking in the dark.
  • Believe in police efficiency: Proportion of people in international Crime Victims Survey 2000 who say police do a good job in controlling crime in their area.
  • Punishment > Has indefinite sentence: Indefinite sentence (excl. preventive or psychiatric detainment).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Has life imprisonment: Life imprisonment.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Bribery victims: People victimized by bribery (corruption) (as a % of the total population). Data refer to people who have been asked or expected to pay a bribe by a government official. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Serious assaults: Number of major assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 25-34: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Perception of safety > Burglary: Proportions in International Crime Victims Survey 2000 reporting that they feel only a small risk of burglary.
  • Murders committed by youths per capita: Homicide rate per 100,000 population aged 10–29 years
  • Jails: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees: The percentage of the prison population that is being held pre-trial / on remand. Data for 2003.
  • Murders committed by youths per million: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999). Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled: The percentage of the offical prison capacity filled. This is obtained by comparing the number of prisoners in a nation to the offical capacity of the nation's prison system. Data for 2003.
  • Jails per million: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 35-44: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Suicide rates > Ages above 75: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 45-54: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 55-64: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Reporting to police: Proportions in International Crime Victims Survey 2000 who feel they can report crimes to police - perception.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 65-74: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
STAT Australia United States HISTORY
Age of criminal responsibility 10
Ranked 44th. 67% more than United States
6
Ranked 58th.
Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 67.26
Ranked 38th. 3% more than United States
65.22
Ranked 44th.
Crime levels 46.01
Ranked 47th.
55.84
Ranked 30th. 21% more than Australia
Drugs > Annual cannabis use 10.6%
Ranked 4th.
13.7%
Ranked 1st. 29% more than Australia
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night 49.47
Ranked 49th. 18% more than United States
41.84
Ranked 60th.
Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 1,967
Ranked 41st.
2,014
Ranked 1st. 2% more than Australia
Murder rate 1.3 5
Police officers 222.7
Ranked 8th.
243.6
Ranked 27th. 9% more than Australia
Rape rate 28.6
Ranked 6th. 5% more than United States
27.3
Ranked 9th.

Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 15
Ranked 41st.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 6 times more than Australia
Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate 1.16
Ranked 51st.
4.7
Ranked 7th. 4 times more than Australia

Violent crime > Murder rate 229
Ranked 42nd.
12,996
Ranked 9th. 57 times more than Australia

Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 10.38
Ranked 73th.
42.01
Ranked 43th. 4 times more than Australia

Violent crime > Rapes 6,378
Ranked 6th.
84,767
Ranked 1st. 13 times more than Australia

Violent crime > Rapes per million people 289.05
Ranked 6th. 5% more than United States
274.04
Ranked 9th.

Illicit drugs Tasmania is one of the world's major suppliers of licit opiate products; government maintains strict controls over areas of opium poppy cultivation and output of poppy straw concentrate; major consumer of cocaine and amphetamines world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center
Murders with firearms 59
Ranked 25th.
9,369
Ranked 4th. 159 times more than Australia
Prisoners 22,492 prisoners
Ranked 46th.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 90 times more than Australia
Software piracy rate 28%
Ranked 93th. 40% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Drugs > Opiates use 0.5%
Ranked 5th.
0.57%
Ranked 3rd. 14% more than Australia
Robberies 81.8
Ranked 4th.
146.4
Ranked 10th. 79% more than Australia
Violent crime > Murders 229
Ranked 42nd.
12,996
Ranked 9th. 57 times more than Australia

Age of criminal responsibility (notes) Age of criminal responsibility in Australia . Rebuttable presumption of incapacity of committing crime: under 14. url= http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=3882 |title= Saving a generation of young people |first=Don |last=Brash |authorlink= Don Brash |publisher= New Zealand National Party |date = 21 March 2005 |accessdate= 31 October 2012}}</ref>; however, only 15 states have set minimum ages, which range from 6 to 12 years. States without statutory minimum ages rely on common law, which means that 7 is the minimum age in most states; for federal crimes the age has been set at 11.
Prisoners > Per capita 116 per 100,000 people
Ranked 73th.
715 per 100,000 people
Ranked 1st. 6 times more than Australia
Murders with firearms per million 3
Ranked 36th.
32.57
Ranked 10th. 11 times more than Australia
Violent crime > Murders per million people 10.38
Ranked 73th.
42.01
Ranked 43th. 4 times more than Australia

Fear of crime > Violent hate crime 29.68
Ranked 40th.
32.55
Ranked 31st. 10% more than Australia
Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked 38.71
Ranked 51st.
42.08
Ranked 43th. 9% more than Australia
Murders > Per 100,000 people 1.5
Ranked 107th.
5.9
Ranked 63th. 4 times more than Australia
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day 80.65
Ranked 43th. 7% more than United States
75.24
Ranked 57th.

Burglaries 1,530.2
Ranked 1st. 2 times more than United States
714.4
Ranked 9th.

Perceived problems > Illegal drugs 49.91
Ranked 39th.
61.82
Ranked 19th. 24% more than Australia
Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery 40.21
Ranked 41st.
75.54
Ranked 10th. 88% more than Australia
Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed 34.5
Ranked 62nd.
45.01
Ranked 47th. 30% more than Australia
Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft 51.15
Ranked 42nd.
57.93
Ranked 28th. 13% more than Australia
Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter 44.68
Ranked 48th.
48.52
Ranked 39th. 9% more than Australia
Assaults 797
Ranked 1st. 1% more than United States
786.7
Ranked 1st.
Auto theft 436.2
Ranked 2nd. 12% more than United States
390.2
Ranked 6th.

Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery 27.11
Ranked 82nd.
42.45
Ranked 69th. 57% more than Australia
Rape victims 1%
Ranked 5th. 3 times more than United States
0.4%
Ranked 13th.
Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use 33.5%
Ranked 1st.
51.6%
Ranked 1st. 54% more than Australia
Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted 42.29
Ranked 39th.
44.84
Ranked 33th. 6% more than Australia
Sentence Length 41.8
Ranked 25th. 44% more than United States
29
Ranked 30th.
Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence Treason, terrorism, drug trafficking, rape, serious child sex offences Varies by state
Total crime victims 30.1%
Ranked 1st. 43% more than United States
21.1%
Ranked 15th.
Suicide rates > Ages 15-24 14.6 per 100,000 people
Ranked 6th. 7% more than United States
13.7 per 100,000 people
Ranked 7th.
Murders > WHO 1.3
Ranked 148th.
5.6
Ranked 88th. 4 times more than Australia
Car thefts 139,094
Ranked 7th.
1.25 million
Ranked 1st. 9 times more than Australia
Prisoners > Female 6.7%
Ranked 19th.
8.5%
Ranked 9th. 27% more than Australia
Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen 44.51
Ranked 63th.
59.02
Ranked 33th. 33% more than Australia
Assault victims 2.4%
Ranked 3rd. Twice as much as United States
1.2%
Ranked 9th.
Prisoners per 1000 1.14 prisoners
Ranked 80th.
7.02 prisoners
Ranked 2nd. 6 times more than Australia
Drugs > HIV testing amongst drug users 48.9%
Ranked 10th. 4% more than United States
46.8%
Ranked 12th.

Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007 15
Ranked 20th.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 6 times more than Australia
Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence Murder of police officer or other public official, murder in South Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, aircraft hijacking Varies by state
Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen 33.99
Ranked 57th.
42.04
Ranked 45th. 24% more than Australia
Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 under 18 : must have minimum term set Yes ( de jure )
Property crime victims 13.9%
Ranked 2nd. 39% more than United States
10%
Ranked 7th.
Murders committed by youths 88
Ranked 38th.
8,226
Ranked 3rd. 93 times more than Australia
Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 10 years, 20 years, 25 years, or never; individually set by judge 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)
Car thefts per 1000 7.08
Ranked 2nd. 63% more than United States
4.33
Ranked 11th.
Punishment > Maximum length of sentence None None
Robbery victims 1.2%
Ranked 3rd. Twice as much as United States
0.6%
Ranked 16th.
Perception of safety > Walking in dark 64%
Ranked 14th.
82%
Ranked 2nd. 28% more than Australia
Believe in police efficiency 76%
Ranked 4th.
89%
Ranked 1st. 17% more than Australia
Punishment > Has indefinite sentence Yes Yes
Punishment > Has life imprisonment Yes Yes
Bribery victims 0.3%
Ranked 9th. 50% more than United States
0.2%
Ranked 12th.
Serious assaults 3.1
Ranked 1st.
281.6
Ranked 1st. 91 times more than Australia
Suicide rates > Ages 25-34 18.7 per 100,000 people
Ranked 7th. 22% more than United States
15.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 10th.
Perception of safety > Burglary 57%
Ranked 11th.
78%
Ranked 4th. 37% more than Australia
Murders committed by youths per capita 1.6
Ranked 43th.
11
Ranked 14th. 7 times more than Australia
Jails 153
Ranked 21st.
1,558
Ranked 6th. 10 times more than Australia
Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees 21.1%
Ranked 103th. 6% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Murders committed by youths per million 4.65
Ranked 43th.
29.48
Ranked 16th. 6 times more than Australia
Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled 105.9%
Ranked 86th.
0.0
Ranked 126th.
Jails per million 7.79
Ranked 15th. 44% more than United States
5.42
Ranked 24th.
Suicide rates > Ages 35-44 15.9 per 100,000 people
Ranked 10th. 4% more than United States
15.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 12th.
Suicide rates > Ages above 75 16 per 100,000 people
Ranked 12th.
22 per 100,000 people
Ranked 10th. 38% more than Australia
Suicide rates > Ages 45-54 14.7 per 100,000 people
Ranked 11th. 3% more than United States
14.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 13th.
Suicide rates > Ages 55-64 13.7 per 100,000 people
Ranked 12th. 3% more than United States
13.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 13th.
Reporting to police 50%
Ranked 9th.
52%
Ranked 7th. 4% more than Australia
Suicide rates > Ages 65-74 11.8 per 100,000 people
Ranked 15th.
15.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 11th. 30% more than Australia

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