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ACT homicide rate lowest in the nation

According to recent statistics, the ACT showed the lowest homicide rates in the country.

According to recent statistics, the ACT showed the lowest homicide rates in the country. Photo: Gary Sissons

The ACT is the least homicidal jurisdiction in Australia.

According to the annual report of the Australian Institute of Criminology's National Homicide Monitoring Program, released on Wednesday, the ACT had the lowest homicide rate in the country per capita for 2009-10, at 0.8 homicides for every 100,000 people.

That was well below the national average: the ACT was the only jurisdiction with a rate lower than one homicide in 100,000.

There were only three homicides in the ACT in 2009-10, the lowest number in the country, mainly because of its small population, but it was marginally better than the year before when there were four.

Nationally 510 homicides killed 541 victims in the two years from mid-2008 to mid-2010.

More than 610 offenders were linked to those killings, but police were yet to identify the offenders over 17 homicides.

Of the seven homicides in the ACT, the majority of victims were acquaintances of the killers.

One was a domestic-type homicide, one was a stranger, and one was yet to be classified, according to the report.

It also showed historical records of the number of homicides in the ACT in the 20 years to 2009-10.

The biggest number of homicides the ACT had ever recorded in a financial year was five in 2005-06, according to the report.

But that was easily eclipsed in the 2012 calendar year, with seven.

Nationally, the report showed a long-term decrease in homicides over the past 30 years.

The rate of homicides remained at a historic low at 1.2 deaths for every 100,000 people.

The number of victims whose death was caused by stabbing increased markedly over the past decade, from 30 per cent to 41 per cent of total victims.

Interestingly, guns were involved in just 13 per cent of homicides, the lowest level on record.

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