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Crime rate in Townsville, QLD, Australia

Crime Rank: 86/100

(higher number means more crime)
  • Population
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    192,673

    Population of the LGA from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    5,493.46 km2

    Area size of the LGA in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    29,777

    Total number of crimes in the LGA

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    154.55

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    3,597

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

  • Property Crimes
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    15,723

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

  • Violent Crimes
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    18.67

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    81.60

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • lgas with less
    Violent Crimes
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    76.06%

    Number of LGAs with less violent crimes

  • lgas with less
    Property Crimes
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    90.54%

    Number of LGAs with less property crimes

5 year Townsville crime trends

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Townsville crime compared

Top crime types in Townsville:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 6,932 reported cases of Theft.

    6,932

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 4,815 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    4,815

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 3,467 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    3,467

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 3,329 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    3,329

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 2,748 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    2,748

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 2,162 reported cases of Property damage.

    2,162

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 1,721 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    1,721

  • Motor Vehicle Theft

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 1,639 reported cases of Motor Vehicle Theft.

    1,639

  • Other crimes against the person

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 589 reported cases of Other crimes against the person.

    589

  • Deception

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

    589

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 555 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    555

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 466 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    466

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 264 reported cases of Robbery.

    264

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 234 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    234

  • Arson

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 175 reported cases of Arson.

    175

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in Townsville there were 88 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    88

  • Homicide and related offences

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

    4

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • Townsville

    1 in 54

    In 2023 in Townsville your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 54

  • 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

  • Townsville

    1 in 12

    In 2023 in Townsville your chances of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 12

  • 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 Townsville rank in crime?

Townsville lga is ranked 86/100 in Australia by number and severity of crimes proportionate to population, where 0 means no crime.

Is Townsville a safe lga?

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

What are the main crime problems in Townsville?

The top crime types in Townsville are Theft, Burglary/Break and enter, Drug dealing and trafficking.

What is the most reported crime in Townsville?

6,932 Theft cases were reported in Townsville in 2023.

Is crime increasing in Townsville?

Crime in Townsville has increased by 11.02% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in Townsville in 2023?

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

What is the least safe suburb in Townsville?

The least safe suburb in Townsville is Calcium, by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest suburb in Townsville?

The safest suburb in Townsville is Rowes Bay, by rank and violent crimes rate.

Where are Townsville crime hotspots?

Most dangerous suburbs in Townsville by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Calcium, Toomulla and Cape Cleveland.


Suburbs in Townsville

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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