Property Crime and Indigenous Offenders

RB/CIP Number: 23
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Willis, Matthew; Facchini, Lachlan

This research brief highlights the extent of property offending among Indigenous Australians and its contribution to over-representation across the criminal justice system, particularly for unlawful entry with intent/burglary offences. While a range of factors contribute to involvement in property offending, there is good evidence of the influence of socio-economic factors in driving property crime. The finding that Indigenous over-representation is increasing for property offending  at the same time it is stable or decreasing for other offence types is a valuable insight that points to the role of continuing socio-economic disadvantage in shaping Indigenous offending. Involvement in property crime is just one consequence of the ongoing marginalisation of Indigenous Australians from the economic gains experienced across Australian society more broadly.