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Crime in Melbourne

Crime in Melbourne

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Crime in Melbourne refers to criminal activity in Melbourne
Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater...

, Victoria
Victoria (Australia)
Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia. Geographically the smallest mainland state, Victoria is bordered by New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania on Boundary Islet to the north, west and south respectively....

, Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

. One of the main functions of Victoria Police
Victoria Police
Victoria Police is the primary law enforcement agency of Victoria, Australia. , the Victoria Police has over 12,190 sworn members, along with over 400 recruits, reservists and Protective Service Officers, and over 2,900 civilian staff across 393 police stations.-Early history:The Victoria Police...

 is to detect criminal activity, and prosecutions take place in the Victorian court system.

Melbourne is commonly considered a reasonably safe city, although CBD assault figures were at a 10-year high in 2010, having risen each year since 2004.

Victoria police statistics for 2010 stated that the total number of reported crimes in Melbourne's CBD dropped by 17 per cent in the 12 months to January 2011.
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Crime in Melbourne refers to criminal activity in Melbourne
Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater...

, Victoria
Victoria (Australia)
Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia. Geographically the smallest mainland state, Victoria is bordered by New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania on Boundary Islet to the north, west and south respectively....

, Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

. One of the main functions of Victoria Police
Victoria Police
Victoria Police is the primary law enforcement agency of Victoria, Australia. , the Victoria Police has over 12,190 sworn members, along with over 400 recruits, reservists and Protective Service Officers, and over 2,900 civilian staff across 393 police stations.-Early history:The Victoria Police...

 is to detect criminal activity, and prosecutions take place in the Victorian court system.

Melbourne is commonly considered a reasonably safe city, although CBD assault figures were at a 10-year high in 2010, having risen each year since 2004.

Crime statistics


Victoria police statistics for 2010 stated that the total number of reported crimes in Melbourne's CBD dropped by 17 per cent in the 12 months to January 2011. Police statistics stated there were 2921 recorded assaults per 100,000 people in the city in 2010, which represented an increase in assaults of 3.7 per cent.

These figures have been disputed, with supplementary crime data indicating that 2720 people were attacked in Melbourne's CBD in 2010, 199 more than in 2009, representing an increase of 8 per cent. When family violence was excluded from these results, it represented a five per cent increase in assaults upon 2009 figures. Deputy Victoria police
Victoria Police
Victoria Police is the primary law enforcement agency of Victoria, Australia. , the Victoria Police has over 12,190 sworn members, along with over 400 recruits, reservists and Protective Service Officers, and over 2,900 civilian staff across 393 police stations.-Early history:The Victoria Police...

commissioner Sir Ken Jones said that an increase in city bars had contributed to the rise in assaults, as had the impact of a booming economy, which encouraged more people into the CBD.

The 2010 police figures demonstrated that the overall crime figure across Victoria was down 5.3 per cent, with home burglaries falling 3.1 per cent to 26,974, assaults up 2.6 per cent to 35,563 and the number of motor vehicles stolen down seven per cent to 14,324.

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