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Crime rate in Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Crime Rank: 40/100

(higher number means more crime)
  • Population
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    215,201

    Population of the LGA from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    638.75 km2

    Area size of the LGA in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    14,012

    Total number of crimes in the LGA

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    65.11

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    2,297

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

  • Property Crimes
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    5,218

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

  • Violent Crimes
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    10.67

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    24.25

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • lgas with less
    Violent Crimes
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    51.91%

    Number of LGAs with less violent crimes

  • lgas with less
    Property Crimes
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    40.64%

    Number of LGAs with less property crimes

5 year Lake Macquarie crime trends

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Lake Macquarie crime compared

Top crime types in Lake Macquarie:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 3,074 reported cases of Theft.

    3,074

  • Justice procedures offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 2,052 reported cases of Justice procedures offences.

    2,052

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 1,670 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    1,670

  • Deception

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 1,329 reported cases of Deception.

    1,329

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 1,321 reported cases of Property damage.

    1,321

  • Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 1,060 reported cases of Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour.

    1,060

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 686 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    686

  • Sexual offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 505 reported cases of Sexual offences.

    505

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 484 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    484

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 395 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    395

  • Drug use and possession

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 340 reported cases of Drug use and possession.

    340

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 246 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    246

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 162 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    162

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 157 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    157

  • Arson

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 137 reported cases of Arson.

    137

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 91 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    91

  • Blackmail and extortion

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 76 reported cases of Blackmail and extortion.

    76

  • Other drug offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 62 reported cases of Other drug offences.

    62

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 56 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    56

  • Other crimes against the person

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 44 reported cases of Other crimes against the person.

    44

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 38 reported cases of Robbery.

    38

  • Cultivate or manufacture drugs

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 19 reported cases of Cultivate or manufacture drugs.

    19

  • Abduction and related offences

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie there were 8 reported cases of Abduction and related offences.

    8

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • Lake Macquarie

    1 in 94

    In 2023 in Lake Macquarie your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 94

  • 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

  • Lake Macquarie

    1 in 41

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

  • 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 Lake Macquarie rank in crime?

Lake Macquarie lga is ranked 40/100 in Australia by number and severity of crimes proportionate to population, where 0 means no crime.

Is Lake Macquarie a safe lga?

Lake Macquarie lga is a relatively unsafe area. Crime exists and may impact most people.

What are the main crime problems in Lake Macquarie?

The top crime types in Lake Macquarie are Theft, Justice procedures offences, Assault and related offences.

What is the most reported crime in Lake Macquarie?

3,074 Theft cases were reported in Lake Macquarie in 2023.

Is crime increasing in Lake Macquarie?

Crime in Lake Macquarie has increased by 2.61% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in Lake Macquarie in 2023?

There were no Homicide and related offences cases in Lake Macquarie in 2023.

What is the least safe suburb in Lake Macquarie?

The least safe suburb in Lake Macquarie is Balmoral (Lake Macquarie - NSW), by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest suburb in Lake Macquarie?

The safest suburb in Lake Macquarie is Ryhope, by rank and violent crimes rate.

Where are Lake Macquarie crime hotspots?

Most dangerous suburbs in Lake Macquarie by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Balmoral (Lake Macquarie - NSW), Swansea Heads and Cams Wharf.


Suburbs in Lake Macquarie

Arcadia Vale (10) Argenton (29) Awaba (13) Balcolyn (11) Balmoral (Lake Macquarie - NSW) (10) Barnsley (10) Belmont (NSW) (23) Belmont North (10) Belmont South (22) Blackalls Park (15) Blacksmiths (18) Bolton Point (37) Bonnells Bay (20) Boolaroo (32) Booragul (32) Brightwaters (10) Buttaba (10) Cameron Park (10) Cams Wharf (10) Cardiff (NSW) (25) Cardiff Heights (10) Cardiff South (10) Carey Bay (12) Catherine Hill Bay (16) Caves Beach (10) Charlestown (NSW) (18) Coal Point (10) Cooranbong (12) Croudace Bay (10) Dora Creek (17) Dudley (10) Edgeworth (20) Eleebana (10) Eraring (10) Fassifern (NSW) (22) Fennell Bay (10) Fishing Point (10) Floraville (10) Freemans Waterhole (50) Garden Suburb (10) Gateshead (32) Glendale (NSW) (33) Highfields (NSW) (10) Hillsborough (Lake Macquarie - NSW) (10) Holmesville (10) Jewells (10) Kahibah (10) Kilaben Bay (10) Killingworth (NSW) (13) Kotara South (10) Lakelands (NSW) (10) Macquarie Hills (10) Mandalong (23) Marks Point (11) Marmong Point (11) Martinsville (10) Mirrabooka (NSW) (12) Morisset (44) Morisset Park (14) Mount Hutton (NSW) (19) Murrays Beach (10) New Lambton Heights (12) Nords Wharf (10) Pelican (NSW) (13) Rankin Park (10) Rathmines (13) Redhead (17) Ryhope (50) Seahampton (10) Silverwater (Lake Macquarie - NSW) (12) Speers Point (13) Sunshine (NSW) (17) Swansea (NSW) (23) Swansea Heads (10) Teralba (18) Tingira Heights (10) Toronto (29) Valentine (10) Wakefield (50) Wangi Wangi (11) Warners Bay (13) West Wallsend (15) Whitebridge (12) Windale (48) Windermere Park (10) Woodrising (15) Wyee (22) Wyee Point (10) Yarrawonga Park (10)

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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