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Australian Crime Stats

chris.lockyer781

Author: chris.lockyer781

The Australian Government has imposed stringent gun laws. Conservative legislators were responsible for the passing of an elaborate gun control program. The laws outlawed automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Strict licensing laws were also implemented which included background checks and waiting periods for gun acquisition. The conservative government also came up with a buyback program. Citizens were compensated for surrendering or reporting on illegal automatic and semi-automatic rifles. With this program, more than 650,000 firearms were given up and destroyed. The cost was estimated at $360 million. Australians cannot possess firearms without acceptable cause. Australia is one of the few countries that became stricter in terms of gun control laws recently. The crime rate for murder is also decreasing gradually.

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.
  • Drugs > Opiates use: Annual prevalence.
  • 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.
  • Suicide rates > Suicide rate (both sexes): Suicides per 100’000 residents per year.
  • 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 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.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Age of criminal responsibility 10 2014 44th out of 58
Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 67.26 2014 38th out of 93
Crime levels 46.01 2014 47th out of 93
Drugs > Annual cannabis use 10.6% 2007 4th out of 26
Drugs > Opiates use 0.5% 2004 5th out of 30
Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 1,967 2014 41st out of 43
Murder rate 1.3 2009
Police officers 222.7 2004 8th out of 9
Rape rate 28.6 2010 6th out of 57
Suicide rates > Suicide rate (both sexes) 10 2011 7th out of 10
Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 15 2014 41st out of 170
Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate 1.16 2010 51st out of 61
Violent crime > Murder rate 229 2010 42nd out of 86
Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 10.38 2010 73th out of 86
Violent crime > Rapes per million people 289.05 2010 6th out of 57

SOURCES: Wikipedia: Defense of infancy (Ages of criminal responsibility by country); crime; https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/WDR2011/World_Drug_Report_2011_ebook.pdf, World Drug Report 2011, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 2011, p. 217.; Wikipedia: List of countries by prevalence of opiates use ("World Drug Report 2011" . United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 2011. "World Drug Report 2006" . United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 2006. http://www.unodc.org/documents/wdr/WDR_2009/WDR2009_eng_web.pdf); Wikipedia: Capital punishment in Europe (Abolition); European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; UN Crime Stats; Wikipedia: List of countries by suicide rate (Suicide rates per 100,000 by country, year and sex (Table) ); Annexe I of the Small Arms Survey 2007 ; Wikipedia: List of countries by intentional homicide rate by decade; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Source tables; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Source tables. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Statistics : Crime : Sexual Violence (UNODC) and Crime Statistics : Sexual Violence Against Children and Rape, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.

Citation

"Australia Crime Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Australia/Crime

Australia Crime Profiles (Subcategories)

Convictions 4 Prisoners 4
Death penalty 3 Punishment 6
Drugs 5 Suicide rates 10
Fear of crime 9 Violent crime 8
Perceived problems 4

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The Australian Government has imposed stringent gun laws. Conservative legislators were responsible for the passing of an elaborate gun control program. The laws outlawed automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Strict licensing laws were also implemented which included background checks and waiting periods for gun acquisition. The conservative government also came up with a buyback program. Citizens were compensated for surrendering or reporting on illegal automatic and semi-automatic rifles. With this program, more than 650,000 firearms were given up and destroyed. The cost was estimated at $360 million. Australians cannot possess firearms without acceptable cause. Australia is one of the few countries that became stricter in terms of gun control laws recently. The crime rate for murder is also decreasing gradually.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

chris.lockyer781

chris.lockyer781

396 Stat enthusiast

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In response to shahid:

The country with the highest reported total per capita crime rate is Dominica followed by New Zealand and Finland. For further information on total crimes or particular types of crime such as murder, drug offences, assault or car theft see the crime category.

In order to achieve a fair comparison, all crime statistics should be viewed per capita. It should also be noted that crime statistics only include reported crime. Crime is more likely to be reported when people feel that they can report crime to the police and have confidence in the police and the legal system.

Posted on 27 Mar 2005

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Edria Murray, Staff editor

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Death penalty > Abolition date 1,985 [44th of 64]
Death penalty > Abolition for ordinary crimes 1,984 [3rd of 20]
Death penalty > Last executed 1,967 [18th of 55]

Ha! These are DATES!

Last person executed - 1967
CP abolished - 1985

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Australia

Posted on 11 Feb 2013

Brock

Brock

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Hi i didn't know 15,630 people get raped every year!!! Is this info true.....?

Posted on 01 Jul 2010

Greg

Greg

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Nicole, this information is at the very least very outdated. Car Theft rate is lest than half here (3.19 per 1000 in 2008, down from 6.9 alleged here), burglary rate was 16.9 per 1,000 in 2005 (down from 21.7 here), Robberies were .772 per 1,000 in 2007, 31% lower than here. Rapes appear to be all forms of sexual assault, I can't any info on rapes singularly. -- removed bit about death penalty hopes it doesn't posted rolls eyes --

Posted on 20 Apr 2010

replica

replica

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Nicole, this information is at the very least very outdated. Car Theft rate is lest than half here (3.19 per 1000 in 2008, down from 6.9 alleged here), burglary rate was 16.9 per 1,000 in 2005 (down from 21.7 here), Robberies were .772 per 1,000 in 2007, 31% lower than here. Rapes appear to be all forms of sexual assault, I can't any info on rapes singularly. I'm not sure how we have executed 1,900 criminals, lol. Even if they were counting ones prior to it being abolished in 1967, I doubt we'd match up against the UK. In fact, there were 114 in the 20th century. Also, notable is the absence of countries which actually have the death penalty, such as the US.

Posted on 20 Apr 2010

Dwayne

Dwayne

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Nicole, this information is at the very least very outdated. Car Theft rate is lest than half here (3.19 per 1000 in 2008, down from 6.9 alleged here), burglary rate was 16.9 per 1,000 in 2005 (down from 21.7 here), Robberies were .772 per 1,000 in 2007, 31% lower than here. Rapes appear to be all forms of sexual assault, I can't any info on rapes singularly. I'm not sure how we have executed 1,900 criminals, lol. (I'm not sure what those figures mean. shrug) Even if they were counting ones prior to it being abolished in 1967, I doubt we'd match up against the UK. In fact, there were 114 in the 20th century. Also, notable is the absence of countries which actually have the death penalty, such as the US.

Posted on 20 Apr 2010

Dwayne

Dwayne

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Copyright and computer based fraud are two completely overlooked crimes all over the world, and people like publishers of Limewire seem to get off without a slap on the wrist. These two crime cost the Australian Government millions of dollars each year.

Posted on 01 Feb 2010

Jake

Jake