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BB100

Author Stephanie Ramsey
Published October 2014
Report Type Bureau Brief No. 100
Subject Crime statistics; Vandalism and property damage
Keywords malicious damage to property, crime statistics, property crime

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Summary

Aim

To describe the nature of malicious damage to property offences in Bourke Local Government Area (LGA). This paper considers the characteristics of both the offence and known offenders.

Abstract

This paper examines the nature of malicious damage to property (vandalism) offences in Bourke Local Government Area (LGA). It presents the rate of malicious damage to property in Bourke compared to the rest of New South Wales, a breakdown of the types of malicious damage to property occurring in Bourke along with other characteristics of this offence.

Results

In the 12 months to March 2014, the rate of malicious damage to property offences in Bourke LGA was the highest in NSW (5,003 incidents per 100,000). Overall, while the number of malicious damage to property offences in NSW has been declining, the number of offences recorded in Bourke LGA has remained stable. The majority of incidents in Bourke are recorded as general malicious damage to property offences (94%), with only nine incidents recorded as graffiti. Malicious damage to property incidents mainly occur between 3pm-6pm on Sundays and Mondays in the vicinity of the town centre. The average cost of these offences in Bourke is $769. Almost all malicious damage to property offenders in Bourke were young, Indigenous males.

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