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Crime rate in Shoalhaven, NSW, Australia

Crime Rank: 48/100

(higher number means more crime)
  • Population
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    108,538

    Population of the LGA from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    2,988.52 km2

    Area size of the LGA in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    8,058

    Total number of crimes in the LGA

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    74.24

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    1,340

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

  • Property Crimes
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    3,101

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

  • Violent Crimes
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    12.35

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    28.57

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • lgas with less
    Violent Crimes
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    59.15%

    Number of LGAs with less violent crimes

  • lgas with less
    Property Crimes
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    50.1%

    Number of LGAs with less property crimes

5 year Shoalhaven crime trends

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Shoalhaven crime compared

Top crime types in Shoalhaven:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 1,608 reported cases of Theft.

    1,608

  • Justice procedures offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 1,211 reported cases of Justice procedures offences.

    1,211

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 1,017 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    1,017

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 963 reported cases of Property damage.

    963

  • Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 702 reported cases of Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour.

    702

  • Deception

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 466 reported cases of Deception.

    466

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 433 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    433

  • Drug use and possession

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 318 reported cases of Drug use and possession.

    318

  • Sexual offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 300 reported cases of Sexual offences.

    300

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 237 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    237

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 184 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    184

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 161 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    161

  • Arson

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 97 reported cases of Arson.

    97

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 69 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    69

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 66 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    66

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 64 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    64

  • Other drug offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 55 reported cases of Other drug offences.

    55

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 34 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    34

  • Other crimes against the person

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 33 reported cases of Other crimes against the person.

    33

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 18 reported cases of Robbery.

    18

  • Cultivate or manufacture drugs

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 17 reported cases of Cultivate or manufacture drugs.

    17

  • Blackmail and extortion

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 3 reported cases of Blackmail and extortion.

    3

  • Homicide and related offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 1 reported cases of Homicide and related offences.

    1

  • Abduction and related offences

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven there were 1 reported cases of Abduction and related offences.

    1

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • Shoalhaven

    1 in 81

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 81

  • 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

  • Shoalhaven

    1 in 35

    In 2023 in Shoalhaven your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 35

  • 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 Shoalhaven rank in crime?

Shoalhaven lga is ranked 48/100 in Australia by number and severity of crimes proportionate to population, where 0 means no crime.

Is Shoalhaven a safe lga?

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

What are the main crime problems in Shoalhaven?

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

What is the most reported crime in Shoalhaven?

1,608 Theft cases were reported in Shoalhaven in 2023.

Is crime increasing in Shoalhaven?

Crime in Shoalhaven has increased by 18.83% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in Shoalhaven in 2023?

There were 1 Homicide and related offences cases in Shoalhaven in 2023.

What is the least safe suburb in Shoalhaven?

The least safe suburb in Shoalhaven is Kings Point, by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest suburb in Shoalhaven?

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

Where are Shoalhaven crime hotspots?

Most dangerous suburbs in Shoalhaven by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Kings Point, Back Forest and Meroo Meadow.


Suburbs in Shoalhaven

Back Forest (10) Bamarang (10) Bangalee (NSW) (10) Barrengarry (14) Barringella (50) Basin View (10) Bawley Point (10) Beaumont (NSW) (31) Bellawongarah (10) Bendalong (10) Berrara (10) Berringer Lake (10) Berry (10) Berry Mountain (10) Bewong (10) Bolong (12) Bomaderry (33) Bream Beach (10) Brogers Creek (10) Brooman (23) Broughton (NSW) (34) Broughton Vale (10) Browns Mountain (14) Brundee (31) Budgong (10) Bundewallah (10) Burrier (10) Burrill Lake (10) Callala Bay (10) Callala Beach (15) Cambewarra (23) Cambewarra Village (10) Cockwhy (10) Comberton (22) Comerong Island (16) Conjola (10) Conjola Park (10) Coolangatta (NSW) (13) Coolumburra (10) Croobyar (10) Cudmirrah (10) Culburra Beach (10) Cunjurong Point (10) Currarong (12) Depot Beach (10) Dolphin Point (10) Durras North (10) East Lynne (24) Erowal Bay (10) Falls Creek (NSW) (10) Far Meadow (10) Fishermans Paradise (27) Greenwell Point (13) Huskisson (38) Hyams Beach (34) Illaroo (34) Jaspers Brush (10) Jerrawangala (31) Kangaroo Valley (12) Kings Point (10) Kioloa (11) Lake Conjola (10) Lake Tabourie (16) Little Forest (11) Longreach (NSW) (10) Manyana (10) Mayfield (Shoalhaven - NSW) (50) Meroo Meadow (10) Milton (NSW) (10) Mogood (50) Mollymook (10) Mollymook Beach (10) Mondayong (50) Morton (16) Mount Kingiman (10) Mundamia (16) Myola (NSW) (13) Narrawallee (10) North Nowra (11) Nowra (75) Nowra Hill (10) Numbaa (22) Old Erowal Bay (10) Orient Point (19) Parma (10) Pointer Mountain (10) Pyree (10) Quiera (10) Red Rocks (50) Sanctuary Point (16) Sassafras (NSW) (10) Shoalhaven Heads (10) South Nowra (24) St Georges Basin (10) Sussex Inlet (14) Swanhaven (10) Tapitallee (10) Terara (21) Termeil (10) Tianjara (10) Tomerong (11) Ulladulla (22) Upper Kangaroo River (10) Vincentia (10) Wandandian (25) Watersleigh (10) Wattamolla (10) West Nowra (16) Wollumboola (21) Woodburn (Shoalhaven - NSW) (11) Woodhill (NSW) (10) Woodstock (Shoalhaven - NSW) (10) Woollamia (10) Worrigee (14) Worrowing Heights (14) Wrights Beach (10) Yadboro (48) Yatte Yattah (10) Yerriyong (43)

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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