Opinion

The surprising reasons behind dramatic drops in crime across Australia

By Adam Triggs
Updated July 1 2021 - 2:43pm, first published February 1 2021 - 5:00pm
Where have all the criminals gone?

I have shocking news for regular readers of the Daily Telegraph: crime has plummeted in Australia. Between 2001 and 2017 - the data analysed in a new book on crime in Australia - break and enters fell by 68 per cent, robbery by 71 per cent, motor vehicle theft by 70 per cent and other forms of theft by 43 per cent. Over the same period, the murder rate fell 50 per cent, the attempted murder rate fell 70 per cent while the overall homicide rate fell 59 per cent.

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