Top 5 Suburbs Where Crime Is Growing

8 December 2016
Australia’s outer suburbs are perceived as having growing crime rates, while inner city suburbs are viewed as becoming safer, according to a new report from Roy Morgan Research.

Roy Morgan’s recent State of the Nation report revealed that 57% of Australians think crime is an increasing problem in their communities, a 5% increase since 2015.

This public perception is at odds with the continued downward trend in actual crime rates across Australia, reflecting an increase in insecurity among everyday Aussies.

Top 5 suburbs where crime is (and isn’t) a growing problem

The Roy Morgan Research surveyed residents of suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart, asking them whether they thought crime was a growing problem in their suburb or not.

According to the responses of locals, these were the top five suburbs for each city where crime is (and isn’t) a growing problem:



“Crime is a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Bradbury-Wedderburn
  2. Lakemba – Wiley Park
  3. Fairfield
  4. Guildford- South Granville
  5. Greenare – Mount Lewis

“Crime is not a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Darlinghurst
  2. Surry Hills
  3. North Sydney – Lavender Bay
  4. Eskineville – Alexandria
  5. St Leonards – Naremburn



“Crime is a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Dandenong
  2. Noble Park
  3. Melton West
  4. Melton
  5. Cranbourne

“Crime is not a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Elwood
  2. Carlton North – Princes Hill
  3. St Kilda East
  4. Kensington
  5. Brighton



“Crime is a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Redland Islands
  2. Redcliffe
  3. Beachmere – Sandstone Point
  4. Riverview
  5. Leichhardt – One Mile

“Crime is not a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Darra – Sumner
  2. St Lucia
  3. Taringa
  4. Annerley
  5. Highgate Hill



“Crime is a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Cooloongup
  2. Stratton – Jane Brook
  3. Greenfields
  4. Huntingdale – Southern River
  5. Beechboro

“Crime is not a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Cottesloe
  2. Claremont
  3. Nedlands – Dalkeith – Crawley
  4. Casuarina – Wellard (East)
  5. Swanbourne – Mount Claremont



“Crime is a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Elizabeth
  2. Smithfield – Elizabeth North
  3. Christie Downs
  4. Davoren Park
  5. Salisbury

“Crime is not a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Adelaide
  2. Norwood
  3. North Adelaide
  4. Aldgate – Stirling
  5. Toorak Gardens



“Crime is a growing problem in my community”:

  1. Montrose – Rosetta
  2. Berridale – Chigwell
  3. Austins Ferry – Granton
  4. New Norfolk
  5. Claremont

“Crime is not a growing problem in my community”:

  1. South Arm
  2. Cambridge
  3. Lenah Valley – Mount Stuart
  4. Margate – Snug
  5. Kingston Beach – Blackmans Bay

Source: Roy Morgan, April 2014 to September 2016. Suburbs are as defined in ABS Greater Capital City Areas.


Outer suburbs seen as less safe

A distinct trend was a growing perception of crime in outer suburbs. The likes of Redland Islands and Redcliffe in Brisbane, Fairfield and Lakemba in Sydney, and Dandenong in Melbourne all saw large majorities of residents stating that “crime is a growing problem in my community”.

The highest percentage of residents reporting crime as a growing problem was in Cooloongup in Perth, at a whopping 81%; the next-highest was Redland Islands in Brisbane, at 74%.

Conversely, there was a growing perception of inner-city suburbs becoming safer. Darlinghurst and Surry Hills in central Sydney were among the least crime-ridden according to their residents, with just 15% of Darlinghurst occupants agreeing that crime was increasing – the lowest score in the nation.

This low percentage of worried residents was also reported by the suburb of Darra in Brisbane, Elwood in Melbourne (35%), the Adelaide CBD (28%), Cottesloe in Perth (34%), and South Arm in Hobart (33%).

Australians feel at risk despite lower crime

Despite increased perception of crime as a growing problem, the prevalence of burglary in Australia has continued to decline. According to ABS statistics reported in The Guardian, the number of burglaries across Australia more than halved between 2001 and 2010.

Despite Australia’s burglary rates dropping significantly, public fears regarding break-ins have barely changed. Australians’ expectations of victimisation have remained unchanged since 1999, sitting at roughly 36% – the sixth-highest of the 30 developed countries surveyed.

With the global economy and politics becoming increasingly unstable, it seems Australians are feeling more unsafe and security-conscious, despite statistical evidence to the contrary.

Summer security tips

While burglaries are continuing to decrease overall, Aussies should be watchful with their security as the holiday period approaches. Australia’s highest rate of burglaries occurs in October, when 9.7% of yearly home thefts happen, while the spring/summer period from August to December sees far more break-and-enters than the rest of the year.

If you’re planning to go on holiday this Christmas, it’s definitely worth investing some time in keeping your home holiday-safe. Furthermore, it’s always a good idea to check your home and contents insurance policy to make sure your most precious items are fully covered. For more information on home insurance, compare hundreds of policies using Canstar’s star ratings.

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