Key findings:
  • The prevalence of property crime remained stable across 2008 & 2013, with 18% of PWID reporting that they had committed a property offence in the month preceding interview. Violent crime remained low and stable at 4% and 3% respectively.
  • In both 2008 and 2013, the majority of property offenders reported being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol the last time they committed an offence (73% and 71% respectively).
  • In 2008, the largest proportion of drug-affected property offenders reported being under the influence of heroin (32%) and benzodiazepines (31%).
  • Similarly, in 2013, they largely reported being under the influence of benzodiazepines (29%).
  • Property offenders most commonly reported that they had committed their last offence for financial reasons.
  • Amongst those who had committed a violent offence, almost three-quarters reported that they were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (73% respectively).
  • In 2008, the largest proportion of violent offenders reported being under the influence of alcohol (36%), followed by methamphetamine (29%). Similarly, in 2013, the largest proportion of violent offenders reported being under the influence of alcohol and heroin equally (32% respectively).
  • The largest proportion of violent offenders reported committing their last violent offence for ‘opportunistic’ reasons.

Resources

Author(s)

Rachel Sutherland, Natasha Sindicich, Lucy Burns
Date Commenced
30 Jun 2014
Resource Type
Drug Trends Bulletins