Strategic Indicator 2: Crime Related Community Safety

An effective criminal justice system underpins the safety of the community. Although neither the Directorate nor the ACT Government can control all factors that impact on community safety, effectiveness can be measured in part by examining the level of crime against people and property and whether the justice system deals with offenders in a way that reduces the risk of further offending.

Table 38 – Strategic Indicator 2: Crime Related Community Safety

Success

Strategic Indicator

2016-17 Result

2017-18 Result

2018-19 Result

2019-20 Result

2020-21
Result

Reduction in level of crime

Percentage change and number of known and reported criminal offences:

 

against the person per 100 000 population

+19.3%
961.80

-11.3%
852.90

+4.8%
894.00

-7.6%
826.00

-0.4%
822.90

 

against property per 100 000 population

-4.7%
5 145.00

-2.6%
5 012.40

-7%
4 663.90

-10.7%
4 163.1

-6.2%
3 905.70

Perceptions of safety

The proportion of people who felt ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’:

 

at home by themselves during the night

90.6%

92.6%

93.4%

92.3%

91.6%

 

walking by themselves in their neighbourhood during the night

56.1%

59.1%

57.8%

54.2%

56.6%

No escapes/
abscondments from custody

Number of
no escapes or absconds per 100 detainees

0.45

 

0

0

0

0

Reduction in recidivism rate

 

ACT sentenced detainees released two years earlier than the year being measured who returned to prison with a new correctional sanction within two years

38.6%

 

44.2%

 

42.4%

 

37.1%

 

38.5%