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Crime rate in Inner West, NSW, Australia

Crime Rank: 37/100

(higher number means more crime)
  • Population
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    171,598

    Population of the LGA from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    32.67 km2

    Area size of the LGA in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    11,377

    Total number of crimes in the LGA

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    66.30

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    1,719

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

  • Property Crimes
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    3,718

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

  • Violent Crimes
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    10.02

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    21.67

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • lgas with less
    Violent Crimes
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    48.89%

    Number of LGAs with less violent crimes

  • lgas with less
    Property Crimes
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    32.19%

    Number of LGAs with less property crimes

5 year Inner West crime trends

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Inner West crime compared

Top crime types in Inner West:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 2,331 reported cases of Theft.

    2,331

  • Justice procedures offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 1,468 reported cases of Justice procedures offences.

    1,468

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 1,268 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    1,268

  • Deception

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 1,002 reported cases of Deception.

    1,002

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 897 reported cases of Property damage.

    897

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 779 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    779

  • Drug use and possession

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 771 reported cases of Drug use and possession.

    771

  • Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 695 reported cases of Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour.

    695

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 473 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    473

  • Sexual offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 337 reported cases of Sexual offences.

    337

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 225 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    225

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 203 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    203

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 196 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    196

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 185 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    185

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 133 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    133

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 129 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    129

  • Other drug offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 109 reported cases of Other drug offences.

    109

  • Blackmail and extortion

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 60 reported cases of Blackmail and extortion.

    60

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 45 reported cases of Robbery.

    45

  • Other crimes against the person

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 31 reported cases of Other crimes against the person.

    31

  • Arson

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 17 reported cases of Arson.

    17

  • Cultivate or manufacture drugs

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 14 reported cases of Cultivate or manufacture drugs.

    14

  • Abduction and related offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 6 reported cases of Abduction and related offences.

    6

  • Homicide and related offences

    In 2023 in Inner West there were 3 reported cases of Homicide and related offences.

    3

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • Inner West

    1 in 100

    In 2023 in Inner West your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 100

  • NSW

    1 in 87

    In 2023 in NSW your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 87

  • 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

  • Inner West

    1 in 46

    In 2023 in Inner West your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 46

  • NSW

    1 in 41

    In 2023 in NSW your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 41

  • 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 Inner West rank in crime?

Inner West lga is ranked 37/100 in Australia by number and severity of crimes proportionate to population, where 0 means no crime.

Is Inner West a safe lga?

Inner West lga is a relatively unsafe area. Crime exists and may impact most people.

What are the main crime problems in Inner West?

The top crime types in Inner West are Theft, Justice procedures offences, Assault and related offences.

What is the most reported crime in Inner West?

2,331 Theft cases were reported in Inner West in 2023.

Is crime increasing in Inner West?

Crime in Inner West has increased by 6.23% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in Inner West in 2023?

There were 3 Homicide and related offences cases in Inner West in 2023.

What is the least safe suburb in Inner West?

The least safe suburb in Inner West is Birchgrove, by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest suburb in Inner West?

The safest suburb in Inner West is Sydenham (NSW), by rank and violent crimes rate.

Where are Inner West crime hotspots?

Most dangerous suburbs in Inner West by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Birchgrove, Haberfield and Dulwich Hill.


Suburbs in Inner West

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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