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Crime rate in Cairns, QLD, Australia

Crime Rank: 84/100

(higher number means more crime)
  • Population
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    167,041

    Population of the LGA from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    1,265.99 km2

    Area size of the LGA in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    24,651

    Total number of crimes in the LGA

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    147.57

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    3,411

    Total number of violent crimes in the LGA (homicide, assault, sexual assault, robbery, etc...)

  • Property Crimes
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    12,994

    Total number of property crimes in the LGA (arson, burglary, theft, car theft, etc...)

  • Violent Crimes
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    20.42

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    77.79

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • lgas with less
    Violent Crimes
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    79.48%

    Number of LGAs with less violent crimes

  • lgas with less
    Property Crimes
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    89.74%

    Number of LGAs with less property crimes

5 year Cairns crime trends

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Cairns crime compared

Top crime types in Cairns:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 6,413 reported cases of Theft.

    6,413

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 3,519 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    3,519

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 3,198 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    3,198

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 2,306 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    2,306

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 2,259 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    2,259

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 2,105 reported cases of Property damage.

    2,105

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 1,643 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    1,643

  • Motor Vehicle Theft

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 904 reported cases of Motor Vehicle Theft.

    904

  • Deception

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 589 reported cases of Deception.

    589

  • Other crimes against the person

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 434 reported cases of Other crimes against the person.

    434

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 400 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    400

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 284 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    284

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 263 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    263

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 209 reported cases of Robbery.

    209

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 68 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    68

  • Arson

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 53 reported cases of Arson.

    53

  • Homicide and related offences

    In 2023 in Cairns there were 4 reported cases of Homicide and related offences.

    4

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • Cairns

    1 in 49

    In 2023 in Cairns your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 49

  • QLD

    1 in 131

    In 2023 in QLD your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 131

  • Australia

    1 in 95

    In 2023 in Australia your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 95

Chances of becoming a victim of a Property crime

  • Cairns

    1 in 13

    In 2023 in Cairns your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 13

  • QLD

    1 in 22

    In 2023 in QLD your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 22

  • Australia

    1 in 28

    In 2023 in Australia your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 28

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Cairns rank in crime?

Cairns lga is ranked 84/100 in Australia by number and severity of crimes proportionate to population, where 0 means no crime.

Is Cairns a safe lga?

Cairns lga is a very unsafe area. Crime exists and may impact most people.

What are the main crime problems in Cairns?

The top crime types in Cairns are Theft, Burglary/Break and enter, Assault and related offences.

What is the most reported crime in Cairns?

6,413 Theft cases were reported in Cairns in 2023.

Is crime increasing in Cairns?

Crime in Cairns has decreased by 2.05% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in Cairns in 2023?

There were 4 Homicide and related offences cases in Cairns in 2023.

What is the least safe suburb in Cairns?

The least safe suburb in Cairns is Green Hill, by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest suburb in Cairns?

The safest suburb in Cairns is Cairns City, by rank and violent crimes rate.

Where are Cairns crime hotspots?

Most dangerous suburbs in Cairns by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Green Hill, Fishery Falls and Packers Camp.


Suburbs in Cairns

The data is based on annual 2023 data from state police departments and population data from the 2021 ABS Census. Rank is calculated for crimes weighted by severity and proportionate to population.

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