Australia has Experienced One of the Most Astonishing Drops in Crime Ever Recorded by Any Country

The old newsroom adage, “If it bleeds, it leads,” didn’t apply to Australia recently, as editors covered the front page with positive headlines about one of the world’s most dramatic drops in crime rates ever reported in a developed nation. Since 2001, break-ins have fallen by 68%, auto theft by 70%, robbery by 71%, attempted murder by 70%, and murder rates by 50%, while overall homicide, including manslaughter, plummeted by 59%. Possible reasons for the declines include less alcohol consumption among young people, improvements in the economy with lower unemployment, and improved access to better safety technology in cars and homes. Furthermore, black markets for stolen goods have dried up, creating a greater risk for thieves.