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Crime rate in Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Crime Rank: 41/100

(higher number means more crime)
  • Population
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    214,593

    Population of the LGA from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    549.19 km2

    Area size of the LGA in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    19,123

    Total number of crimes in the LGA

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    89.11

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    2,209

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

  • Property Crimes
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    6,086

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

  • Violent Crimes
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    10.29

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    28.36

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • lgas with less
    Violent Crimes
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    50.5%

    Number of LGAs with less violent crimes

  • lgas with less
    Property Crimes
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    49.3%

    Number of LGAs with less property crimes

5 year Wollongong crime trends

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Wollongong crime compared

Top crime types in Wollongong:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 3,947 reported cases of Theft.

    3,947

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 2,839 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    2,839

  • Justice procedures offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 2,484 reported cases of Justice procedures offences.

    2,484

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 1,612 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    1,612

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 1,305 reported cases of Property damage.

    1,305

  • Drug use and possession

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 1,202 reported cases of Drug use and possession.

    1,202

  • Deception

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 1,130 reported cases of Deception.

    1,130

  • Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 983 reported cases of Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour.

    983

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 717 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    717

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 549 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    549

  • Sexual offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 456 reported cases of Sexual offences.

    456

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 396 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    396

  • Other drug offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 312 reported cases of Other drug offences.

    312

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 310 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    310

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 269 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    269

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 201 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    201

  • Arson

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 117 reported cases of Arson.

    117

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 104 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    104

  • Blackmail and extortion

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 86 reported cases of Blackmail and extortion.

    86

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 48 reported cases of Robbery.

    48

  • Other crimes against the person

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

    33

  • Cultivate or manufacture drugs

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 16 reported cases of Cultivate or manufacture drugs.

    16

  • Abduction and related offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 5 reported cases of Abduction and related offences.

    5

  • Homicide and related offences

    In 2023 in Wollongong there were 2 reported cases of Homicide and related offences.

    2

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • Wollongong

    1 in 97

    In 2023 in Wollongong your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 97

  • 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

  • Wollongong

    1 in 35

    In 2023 in Wollongong 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 Wollongong rank in crime?

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

Is Wollongong a safe lga?

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

What are the main crime problems in Wollongong?

The top crime types in Wollongong are Theft, Transport regulation offences, Justice procedures offences.

What is the most reported crime in Wollongong?

3,947 Theft cases were reported in Wollongong in 2023.

Is crime increasing in Wollongong?

Crime in Wollongong has increased by 7.09% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in Wollongong in 2023?

There were 2 Homicide and related offences cases in Wollongong in 2023.

What is the least safe suburb in Wollongong?

The least safe suburb in Wollongong is Dombarton, by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest suburb in Wollongong?

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

Where are Wollongong crime hotspots?

Most dangerous suburbs in Wollongong by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Dombarton, Marshall Mount and Coalcliff.


Suburbs in Wollongong

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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