The Top 10 Home Burglary & Crime Hotspots By State

The higher the crime rates of your area, the higher your insurance premium might be.

Along with a range of other factors, the area you live in can have a significant impact on the cost of your home and contents insurance premiums. Insurers use crime rates in their methodology for determining the likelihood of you making a claim. Thus, if you live in an area with high rates of home burglaries and theft, you can expect that to add to the cost of your annual home and contents insurance bill.

Based on the available crime statistics in each state, listed below are the reported top hotspots for home theft, burglary or break-ins in each state. While these statistics can help give an idea of where the threat of a home burglary is higher, take them with a pinch of salt. Rates of crime can wildly fluctuate, particularly in regions with small populations. Also, particular suburbs and streets within these hotspots can be significantly safer than others.

Since some crimes are reported differently between states, only areas within the same state can be compared against each other for home theft rates. For instance, in QLD the “unlawful dwelling entry with intent” rate was used whereas in Victoria the “burglary/break and enter” rate was cited.

Home Burglary Hotspots in:

New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania

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NSW


Using the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research’s online Crime Mapping Tool, the below burglary hotspots were identified for both the Greater Sydney area and the rest of NSW.

Top 10 Burglary Hotspots – Greater Sydney

Rank Local Government Area Incidents Of Theft (Break & Enter Dwelling Rate Per 100,000 Population)
1 Strathfield 554.9
2 Campbelltown 540.6
3 Holroyd 530.0
4 Penrith 528.0
5 Parramatta 522.0
6 Blacktown 490.2
7 Liverpool 477.4
8 Sydney 454.3
9 Burwood 432.7
10 Ashfield 396.2
State Average 432.4

Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Year to December 2015

Top 10 Burglary Hotspots – Rest of NSW:

Rank Local Government Area Incidents Of Theft (Break & Enter Dwelling Rate Per 100,000 Population)
1 Bourke 2907.2
2 Coonamble 2503.0
3 Wellington 1973.2
4 Walgett 1971.2
5 Armidale 1760.4
6 Moree Plains 1732.1
7 Narromine 1532.8
8 Gilgandra 1384.9
9 Wagga Wagga 1311.8
10 Kempsey 1280.9
State Average 432.4

Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Year to December 2015

You can learn more about home & contents insurance in NSW here.

The table below displays a snapshot of home and contents products on Canstar’s database with direct links to the providers’ websites, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest) then alphabetically. These results are based on a policy holder under 50 years old in New South Wales and ACT for building and contents worth less than $550,000.

Victoria

Using data from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency, the below burglary/break and enter hotspots for both Greater Melbourne and the rest of Victoria were identified.

Top 10 Burglary Hotspots – Greater Melbourne

Rank LGA 2015 Burglary/Break And Enter Rate (Per 1,000 Population)
1 Yarra 13.87
2 Melbourne 13.64
3 Darebin 12.54
4 Hume 11.27
5 Stonnington 11.23
6 Port Phillip 10.66
7 Greater Dandenong 10.53
8 Moreland 10.49
9 Brimbank 9.92
10 Maribyrnong 9.89
State Average 8.35

Source: Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) . Rates and averages calculated by Canstar based on CSA data.

Top 10 Burglary Hotspots – Rest of VIC

Rank LGA 2015 Burglary/Break And Enter Rate (Per 1,000 Population)
1 Ballarat 13.19
2 Latrobe 12.83
3 Greater Shepparton 12.63
4 Mildura 12.14
5 Wellington 11.49
6 Greater Geelong 10.96
7 Campaspe 10.67
8 Hepburn 10.04
9 Murrindindi 9.34
10 Central Goldfields 8.51
State Average 8.35

Source: Crime Statistics Agency (CSA). Rates calculated by Canstar based on CSA data.

You can learn more about home & contents insurance in Victoria here.

The table below displays a snapshot of home and contents products with direct links to the providers’ websites, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest) then alphabetically. These results are based on a policy holder under 50 years old in Victoria for building and contents worth less than $550,000.

Queensland

Through the Queensland Police Service’s reported crime trend data per division, the following hotspots were identified for Greater Brisbane and the rest of Queensland.

Top 10 Home Break-In Hotspots* – Greater Brisbane

Rank Police Division Unlawful Dwelling Entry With Intent – 2015 Average Monthly Rate (Per 100,000)
1 Logan Central 75.95
2 Acacia Ridge 73.19
3 Annerley 69.50
4 Booval 66.73
5 Upper Mount Gravatt 64.00
6 Dutton Park 62.58
7 Crestmead 62.27
8 Beenleigh 60.84
9 Inala 55.86
10 Ipswich 55.84
State Average 34.31

Source: QPS Reported Crime Trend Data. Averages calculated by Canstar based on QPS data.

*Districts with populations of less than 2,000 have been excluded by Canstar.

Top 10 Home Break-In Hotspots* – Rest of QLD

Rank Police Division Unlawful Dwelling Entry With Intent – 2015 Average Monthly Rate (Per 100,000)
1 Cairns 100.11
2 Mundingburra 83.05
3 Charters Towers 79.02
4 Weipa 72.22
5 Townsville 67.62
6 Saint George 63.22
7 Edmonton 58.67
8 Mareeba 56.48
9 Surfers Paradise 55.55
10 Yarrabah 55.29
State Average 34.31

Source: QPS Reported Crime Trend Data. Averages calculated by Canstar based on QPS data

*Districts with populations of less than 2,000 have been excluded by Canstar.

You can learn more about home & contents insurance in Queensland here.

The table below displays a snapshot of home and contents products with direct links to the providers’ websites, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest) then alphabetically. These results are based on a policy holder under 50 years old in South Queensland for building and contents worth less than $550,000.

Western Australia

In early 2015, Western Australian insurer RAC revealed the worst suburbs for burglary claims throughout the State, based on over 2,500 RAC Insurance claims in 2014.

Top 10 Home Break-In Hotspots – Greater Perth

Rank Town/Suburb
1 Bassendean, Beechboro, Thornlie
2 Morley
3 Duncraig
4 Canning Vale, Hamilton Hill
5 Gosnells
6 Spearwood
7 Armadale
8 Rockingham
9 Baldivis, Port Kennedy
10 Ballajura

Source: RAC 2014 Home Burglaries Analysis

Top 10 Home Break-In Hotspots – Rest of WA

Rank Town/Suburb
1 Boulder
2 Carey Park
3 South Bunbury
4 Northam
5 Australind
6 South Kalgoorlie
7 Kalgoorlie
8 East Bunbury
9 Dalyellup
10 Piccadilly

Source: RAC 2014 Home Burglaries Analysis

The table below displays a snapshot of home and contents products with direct links to the providers’ websites, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest) then alphabetically. These results are based on a policyholder under 50 years old in Western Australia for building and contents worth less than $550,000.

South Australia

South Australia’s Office of Crime Statistics and Research has a crime mapper tool which reveals the criminal trespass/break and enter rates in 2013 for each local government area.

Top 10 break and enter hot spots – Greater Adelaide

Rank LGA 2013 Serious Criminal Trespass/Break And Enter Rate (Per 1,000 Population)
1 Playford 15.7
2 Port Adelaide Enfield 13.33
3 Charles Sturt 12.28
4 Adelaide 11.89
5 Walkerville 11.54
6 Prospect 11.36
7 Gawler 10.75
8 Marion 10.3
9 Onkaparinga 8.88
10 Salisbury 8.59
State Average 8.98

Source: Crime Mapper 2009-2013, Office of Crime Statistics and Research. Rates and averages calculated by Canstar

Top 10 break and enter hot spots – Rest of SA

Rank LGA 2013 Serious Criminal Trespass/Break And Enter Rate (Per 1,000 Population)
1 Coober Pedy 70.51
2 Anangu Pitjantjatjara 40.6
3 Ceduna 30.25
4 Port Lincoln 16.22
5 Port Augusta 14.65
6 Peterborough 11.76
7 Whyalla 11.17
8 Yankalilla 10.32
9 Flinders Ranges 10.31
10 Port Pirie 9.36
State Average 8.98

Source: Crime Mapper 2009-2013, Office of Crime Statistics and Research. Rates and averages calculated by Canstar.

The table below displays a snapshot of home and contents products with direct links to the providers’ websites, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest) then alphabetically. These results are based on a policyholder under 50 years old in South Australia for building and contents worth less than $550,000.

Tasmania

Tasmania has a small population and the lowest crime rates in the country. So instead of placing the top 10 home burglary suburbs/towns, all eleven of Tasmania’s police divisions have been ranked by their home burglary rate for the year June 2014-2015.

Rank Division June 2014/15 Annual Home Burglary Offences Per 10,000 Population
1 Launceston 64
2 Glenorchy 59
3 Hobart 52
4 South-East 44
5 Kingston 38
6 Bridgewater 38
7 Devonport 34
8 North-East 17
9 Deloraine 16
10 Burnie 15
11 Queenstown 2
Average 34

Source: Tasmania Police Annual (June) 2015 Corporate Performance Report. State average calculated by Canstar. 

 

The table below displays a snapshot of home and contents products with direct links to the providers’ websites, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest) then alphabetically. These results are based on a policyholder under 50 years old in Tasmania for building and contents worth less than $550,000.

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