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Victoria’s “Female Crime Wave”

Posted by Clem Bastow on June 26, 2008

If you are a regular reader of News Ltd’s Victorian stable, you might have noticed over the past few days that Melbourne’s favourite tabloid features a growing focus on crime perpetrated by young women; according to the Sunday Herald Sun, Victoria is in the middle of a female crime wave, as young women commit more crimes than ever and join “mixed-gender” gangs. The statistics say:

Victoria Police data obtained by the Sunday Herald Sun reveals under-18 girls were allegedly behind 558 incidents of property damage, 299 car thefts and 69 robberies.

A SPREE of burglaries, including 191 residential burglaries, 217 other burglaries and 42 aggravated burglaries.

139 drug offences and 69 weapons and explosives offences.

21 SEX assaults, two rapes, and eight abductions.

895 assaults, 450 burglaries, 2380 shoplifting offences and 558 property attacks.

THERE were 3617 girls aged from under 10 to 17 arrested, summonsed, cautioned or subject to a warrant in relation to the 6489 offences last financial year.

FEMALES accounted for 27 per cent of all under-18 distinct alleged offenders.

THERE was a 14 per cent jump in alleged offences by juvenile females on the year before and a 32 per cent increase on reports from two years earlier.

Ignore the faintly hysterical all-caps used and the stats paint an intriguing picture. Just a few days after that story was printed, the Herald Sun reported a woman having been chased and assaulted by two other women, apparently in a “thrill attack” (which is a disturbing and vaguely titillating term to use). But it has to be asked, is this really a compelling Police trend, or is it just another way for the Hun to exert their oh-so-entertaining views about women? I’m not saying “awesome, women are taking back crime!” but there is a more than slight scent to the coverage of “How did our society let this happen? Women are supposed to be the fairer sex!”

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One Response to “Victoria’s “Female Crime Wave””

  1. Mel Campbell said

    They seemed quite fixated on the fact that a brick was the weapon, so perhaps it’s a fixation with improvised weapons (Man Wields Club Lock In Road Rage Attack; Masked Robber Threatens Attendant With Syringe).

    Was it just me, or was it also vaguely reminiscent of C+C Music Factory’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm”? As in, “you say to yourself, ‘I’m gonna hit her with a brick!'”

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