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Crime statistics are often positively correlated with lack of financial prosperity, therefore criminal activity tends to be more prevalent in places with high unemployment rates and low income earners. Given Australia's relative wealth, comprehensive welfare system, and relatively small divide between rich and poor, Australian crime rates are lower than what is experienced in other developed nations.
Nonetheless, the incidence of crime is still a problem in Australia: alcohol-fuelled violence and hate crimes are often reported in the media, and are a point of concern for lawmakers, law enforcement agencies, and community citizens alike.
This FACT indicates the total number of reported crimes for each state and territory between 2016 and 2017. Reported crimes include; homicide, acts intended to cause injury, sexual assault, dangerous/negligent acts, abduction/harassment, robbery/extortion, unlawful entry with intent, theft, fraud/deception, illicit drug offences, prohibited/regulated weapons, property damage, public order offences, offences against justice, and miscellaneous offences.
Australia has many world class surfing beaches which are highly regarded by many professionals. Because Australia has swells coming from all directions, the likelihood of having a few good surfing beaches is pretty high. Australians have always been drawn to the ocean, with most major cities being in coastal areas. Consequently Australians partake in a large number of marine activities, in particular surfing, which has become a significant part of Australian culture.
This FACT shows the number of surf beaches in each territory per 100,000 persons. No data for the ACT has been recorded because it has no sea coast. The Northern Territory also has no recorded data for unspecified reasons. While the Northern Territory does have beautiful beaches, it is worth noting that perhaps the presence of crocodiles on the Northern Territory Coast suggests that beaches up North might be better suited to Barramundi fishing. This source is not entirely reliable due to the fact that the data is entered by website users, and should be taken only as a general guide to numbers.
This FACT indicates the percentage of single (or lone) person households in each Australian city. Results from the 2016 ABS Census show that the city with the highest percentage of single (or lone) person households is Darwin, at 22.6 percent. The city with the lowest percentage is Sydney, at 17 percent.
Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and sharks are oft-cited natural preditors for visitors and locals alike. While Australia does have the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1791-2018 (510 reported cases, after the United States, with a total of 1022 as of February 2013) (International Shark Attack File, January 2014), many of the attacks occur in deep waters and with surfboard riders, who wear wetsuits and therefore look similar to sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.
This FACT indicates the percentage of persons who have escaped a shark attack (sustaining injuries) in each Australian state and territory, , from 1791 to 2018. It also appears in the Community and Safety Category and is ranked high to low (high is good).
This FACT indicates the road accident injury rate per 100,000 people in each Australian state. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory at 226.78 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Western Australia at 140.44 per 100,000 people.