Vic crime drops as COVID restrictions ease

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Victoria's crime rate has dropped to the lowest level in seven years, new figures show.

The number of criminal incidents fell by 11.5 per cent in the year ended March, according to the Crime Statistics Agency, while the number of recorded offences decreased by 11.9 per cent.

The decline was driven by fewer breaches of COVID-19 restrictions (down 73.2 per cent) and a drop in property and deception offences (down six per cent), the agency's report released on Thursday shows.

Some 470,405 criminal offences were recorded in Victoria over the year, which was the lowest annual result since 2015.

"It's incredibly pleasing to see crime continue to reduce not only year-on-year, but from the levels we saw pre-pandemic as well," Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent said in a statement.

Family violence incidents dropped 2.4 per cent, while the number of youth offenders decreased by eight per cent.

Fewer homes were broken into - residential burglaries fell by 600 - while robberies were at the lowest level in 10 years as 1700 fewer people were robbed than in the year prior to the pandemic.

But non-family violence assaults are on the rise, with an increase of 400 offences recorded.

Deception offences like online scams and credit card thefts also rose by almost 630 incidents.

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