Assaults, robberies and thefts are on the rise, but drug offences have shown a significant downward trend and domestic violence incidents have plateaued, as new Victorian crime statistics show an overall four per cent jump in the year to March 31.
The number of crimes recorded by police in the year to March 31 was 543,391, up from 522,677 in the same period last year, according to the latest Crime Statistics Agency data released on Thursday.
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The crime rate per 100,000 of the population also increased by 2.5 per cent.
The agency attributed a large proportion of the overall increase to a jump in property and deception crimes, which account for 60 per cent of all crimes.
One third of crimes were committed by people aged 20 to 29.
There were substantial increases in assaults (7.9 per cent), robberies (19.6 per cent), thefts (9.3 per cent) and dangerous and negligent acts that endanger people (20.2 per cent).
However, drug dealing and trafficking has shown a significant downward trend of 11.4 per cent in the past two years.
And for the first time in recent years, the family violence incident rate started to stabilise.
"In the last 12 months the rate of family incidents in Victoria increased by 0.1 per cent, compared to the previous year when the rate increased by 8 per cent," Crime Statistics Agency chief statistician Fiona Dowsley said in a statement.
"Out of the 79 local government areas across Victoria, almost half of them (43 per cent) showed decreases (in) family incident rates in the last 12 months."