South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


17. State-wide crime rates:

Reduce victim reported crime by 38% by 2014, maintaining or improving thereafter

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The number of offences reported by victims per 1,000 population steadily declined between the 2002–03 baseline year and 2013-14. In 2002–03, the rate of offences reported by victims was 135.3 offences per 1,000 population. In 2013–14, the rate had declined to 68.2 offences reported by victims per 1,000 population.

South Australia reached the 38% reduction in offences reported by victims target set for 2014 (83.9 offences per 1,000 population), in 2011–12 and remains below this target.

The measure used for this target is the rate of offences reported by victims, which is a better indicator of community safety than the total number of criminal offences recorded (where an increase could simply be due to an increase in proactive measures by police).


1. This information provides a count of all personal and property offences reported by victims. In generating this data standard Office of Crime Statistics and Research counting rules have been applied. These counting rules differ to those utilised by South Australia Police and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

2.   Rates are calculated using unpublished South Australia Police data and December population numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics', Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2017, 'TABLE 4. Estimated Resident Population, States and Territories (Number)', Cat. no. 3101.0, Released 27 September 2017.

Lead Agency

Attorney-General's Department