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Identity crime and misuse in Australia: Results of the 2018 online survey

Identity crime and misuse in Australia: Results of the 2018 online survey

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has released a publication that reports the findings of a community survey of almost 10,000 Australians undertaken in support of the National Identity Security Strategy. 

  • Identity crime is one of the most prevalent crime types in Australia, with rates far exceeding those of property crime and violent crime.
  • Nine out of ten respondents indicated that they considered misuse of personal information to be ‘very serious’ or ‘somewhat serious’. Between 2017 and 2018, there was a small increase in the proportion of those who believed misuse of personal information to be ‘very serious’.
  • In 2018, almost one quarter of respondents reported having been a victim at some point in their lives, and almost 12 percent reported being a victim in the preceding 12 months.
  • Total out-of-pocket losses were substantially lower in 2018 ($2m) than in 2017 (2.9m). Average out-of-pocket losses in 2018 were over $1,000 less than in 2017.
  • The most common consequence of misuse of personal information was refusal of credit in both 2018 and 2017, although in 2018 this declined by a significant 7.6 percentage points from 2017. The consequence of misuse of personal information involving experience of mental or emotional distress requiring counselling or other treatment increased by 1.5 percentage points between 2017 and 2018.
  • Ten percent of respondents who had experienced misuse of their personal information in the last 12 months did not report the misuse at all.

The paper is available for free download on the AIC website:

Plenary sessions of the European crime prevention conference

The #ECPC2020 will take place on 19 and 20 February 2020 in Brussels.
A wide variety of topics will be discussed; during each session our output will be presented
and supplemented by academic views, policy recommendations and initiatives.
More info and programme




Four plenary sessions in the spotlight



Setting the stage for crime prevention in the EU

19 February 2020 - 09:30

Crime prevention: it is a complex field. This session will guide you through this field and kicks off the first EUCPN conference. A panel discussion on the concept of crime prevention, reflecting on the current state of play of the field, will set the scope for the activities to come.

EU funding opportunities

20 February 2020 - 09:30

Crime prevention projects can obtain funding from a number of European financial instruments. In this session we will give you an overview of the most relevant funds and explain how to apply for funding.



New insights into evaluation efforts

19 February 2020 - 15:30

What works in crime prevention? The virtues of the evidence-based approach have been praised throughout the years of EUCPN’s existence. This session will take a closer look at evaluation efforts, offering critical insights from research and allowing for an interesting discussion with the audience.

The future of crime prevention in the EU

20 February 2020 - 12:00

The participants will get the possibility to make suggestions and ask questions to the EUCPN and a panel of stakeholders. The EUCPN also ordered a subcontracted research on its market position to see which other actors work on crime prevention in the EU and how they do this.


14 scholarships and Open Evening for MScs in Crime, Forensic Science, Terrorism, and Policing

Open Evening for the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, the MSc in Crime Science, the MSc in Crime and Forensic Science and the MSc in Policing.

Wednesday 26th February 2020, from 6-8pm



To register for this event please click here


UCL’s Dept of Security and Crime Science is home to some of the UK’s premier courses in crime and security. For their dissertation students undertake a wide range of projects, often work-related. For example on the MSc in Crime and Forensic Science, previous projects have included “Persistence of DNA from bodily fluids within the context of internal child sex trafficking investigations” and “Can Forensic Transferable Markers be used to track criminal contacts via secondary transfer?”



MSc/Diploma in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism - Full/Part time/Distance learning

This course is aimed at security professionals whose role involves developing and implementing strategies to address the threat of extremism, against public, corporate and critical targets. The course is also suitable for those wishing to make a career in these areas. The course is delivered by experienced practitioners and researchers working in counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, risk assessment and security technology.


MSc/Diploma/Certificate in Crime Science- Full/Part time/Distance learning

This course is the UK’s first (and most successful) programme designed to equip law enforcement and security practitioners, and graduate students, with the means to deliver immediate and sustainable reductions in crime through the use of scientific method. The programme provides techniques to better analyse and reduce crime problems by (a) preventing them from happening in the first place and (b) increasing the probability of detecting and arresting offenders. The programme outlines the theoretical basis for this ‘crime science’ approach and explores its successful application to a range of real-world crime problems. Since its inception in 2002 the MSc in Crime Science has proven exceptionally popular in training hundreds of police, law enforcement, crime analysis, crime reduction, intelligence and security industry practitioners from across the UK and overseas (ranging from junior to senior levels), as well as students wishing to enter these careers.