Trends and issues in crime and justice in Australia
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We know that the interpretation of crime statistics is much more difficult than the interpretation of most other statistics. Trends are not always easy to discern, even though they may seem obvious. People experience crime and report it in different ways; authorities may choose to follow up or not; counting rules vary across time and place; legislation changes, and so too do definitions; law enforcement priorities and resources change thus affecting activities and outcomes. We know that public opinion polls show violence and crime to be one of the major concerns of Australians, but violent crime accounts for only three per cent of all major crime in Australia.
A speech presented at the seminar "Crime and justice in regional Australia", held at James Cook University, Townsville, 12 September 1996 by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. Made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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