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Crime rate in Mackay, QLD, Australia

Crime Rank: 41/100

(higher number means more crime)
  • Population
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    121,760

    Population of the LGA from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    7,558.11 km2

    Area size of the LGA in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    11,259

    Total number of crimes in the LGA

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    92.47

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    904

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

  • Property Crimes
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    5,345

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

  • Violent Crimes
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    7.42

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    43.90

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • lgas with less
    Violent Crimes
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    33.4%

    Number of LGAs with less violent crimes

  • lgas with less
    Property Crimes
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    72.64%

    Number of LGAs with less property crimes

5 year Mackay crime trends

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Mackay crime compared

Top crime types in Mackay:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 2,940 reported cases of Theft.

    2,940

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 1,761 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    1,761

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 1,134 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    1,134

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 1,075 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    1,075

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 1,073 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    1,073

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 874 reported cases of Property damage.

    874

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 855 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    855

  • Motor Vehicle Theft

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 414 reported cases of Motor Vehicle Theft.

    414

  • Deception

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 357 reported cases of Deception.

    357

  • Other crimes against the person

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 207 reported cases of Other crimes against the person.

    207

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 190 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    190

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 134 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    134

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 98 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    98

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 54 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    54

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 46 reported cases of Robbery.

    46

  • Arson

    In 2023 in Mackay there were 44 reported cases of Arson.

    44

  • Homicide and related offences

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

    3

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • Mackay

    1 in 135

    In 2023 in Mackay your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 135

  • 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

  • Mackay

    1 in 23

    In 2023 in Mackay your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 23

  • 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 Mackay rank in crime?

Mackay lga is ranked 41/100 in Australia by number and severity of crimes proportionate to population, where 0 means no crime.

Is Mackay a safe lga?

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

What are the main crime problems in Mackay?

The top crime types in Mackay are Theft, Drug dealing and trafficking, Transport regulation offences.

What is the most reported crime in Mackay?

2,940 Theft cases were reported in Mackay in 2023.

Is crime increasing in Mackay?

Crime in Mackay has increased by 7.78% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in Mackay in 2023?

There were 3 Homicide and related offences cases in Mackay in 2023.

What is the least safe suburb in Mackay?

The least safe suburb in Mackay is Coral Sea, by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest suburb in Mackay?

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

Where are Mackay crime hotspots?

Most dangerous suburbs in Mackay by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Coral Sea, Freshwater Point and Nindaroo.


Suburbs in Mackay

Alexandra (Qld) (10) Alligator Creek (Mackay - Qld) (10) Andergrove (17) Armstrong Beach (10) Bakers Creek (Qld) (15) Balberra (18) Ball Bay (10) Balnagowan (10) Beaconsfield (Qld) (11) Belmunda (10) Benholme (13) Blacks Beach (10) Bloomsbury (19) Brightly (10) Broken River (10) Bucasia (11) Calen (19) Campwin Beach (10) Cape Hillsborough (10) Chelona (10) Coral Sea (10) Crediton (10) Cremorne (Qld) (50) Dalrymple Heights (10) Devereux Creek (10) Dolphin Heads (18) Dows Creek (10) Dumbleton (15) Dunnrock (10) East Mackay (13) Eimeo (10) Erakala (10) Eton (10) Eungella (Qld) (11) Eungella Dam (10) Eungella Hinterland (20) Farleigh (15) Finch Hatton (11) Foulden (50) Freshwater Point (10) Gargett (10) Glenella (10) Grasstree Beach (10) Greenmount (Mackay - Qld) (10) Habana (10) Haliday Bay (10) Hampden (Qld) (10) Hay Point (10) Hazledean (10) Homebush (Qld) (18) Kinchant Dam (34) Koumala (10) Kuttabul (10) Laguna Quays (39) Mackay (100) Mackay Harbour (28) Marian (10) McEwens Beach (10) Mia Mia (Qld) (10) Midge Point (12) Mirani (10) Mount Charlton (12) Mount Jukes (10) Mount Martin (10) Mount Ossa (10) Mount Pelion (13) Mount Pleasant (Mackay - Qld) (13) Munbura (10) Netherdale (11) Nindaroo (10) North Eton (10) North Mackay (22) Oakenden (10) Ooralea (10) Owens Creek (10) Paget (100) Palmyra (Qld) (13) Pindi Pindi (10) Pinevale (10) Pinnacle (Qld) (18) Pleystowe (10) Racecourse (30) Richmond (Mackay - Qld) (11) Rosella (31) Rural View (11) Sandiford (10) Sarina (17) Sarina Beach (10) Sarina Range (10) Seaforth (Qld) (14) Septimus (10) Shoal Point (11) Slade Point (18) South Mackay (20) St Helens Beach (11) Sunnyside (Qld) (10) Te Kowai (18) The Leap (10) Victoria Plains (10) Walkerston (10) West Mackay (25) Yalboroo (20)

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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