Victoria has recorded an overall increase in crime, including a 40 per cent jump in the rate of family violence offences.

In 2012, there was a 7.8 per cent increase in crime across the state and the total number of offences is up by 9.5 per cent.

Offences against both people and property jumped and there was a 17 per cent increase in drug crime.

The Acting Chief Police Commissioner, Lucinda Nolan, has defended the figures, saying the increases are a sign police are doing their job by making more arrests.

"We're actually quite pleased because a lot of those figures are actually driven by us," she said.

"So, rather than seeing it as a scary thing, the issues and the crime rates that are improving or increasing, are actually the result of police activity."

Police Minister Peter Ryan says the rise reflects an increase in detection because there are an extra 1,700 officers around the state and 940 protective service officers.

Acting Chief Commissioner Nolan says there is more reporting of domestic violence to police and that is why the figure has risen to 40 per cent.

"We're trying to build that confidence so that people who are involved in family violence feel confident to report to police," she said.


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