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Crime rate in New South Wales (NSW), Australia

Crime Rank: 4/6

(4th best state in AU)
  • Population
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    8,060,747

    Population of the State from ABS 2021 Census

  • Area size
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    769,402.77 km2

    Area size of the State in square kilometres

  • All Crimes
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    640,869

    Total number of crimes in the State

  • Crimes per 1000 people
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    79.50

    Total number of crimes per 1000 people

  • Violent Crimes
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    92,662

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

  • Property Crimes
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    198,767

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

  • Violent Crimes
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    11.50

    Total number of violent crimes per 1000 people

  • Property Crimes
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    24.66

    Total number of property crimes per 1000 people

  • Best state by
    Violent Crimes
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    4th

    Rank of the State by Violent Crimes, 1st has the lowest number of Violent Crimes

  • Best state by
    Property Crimes
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    1st

    Rank of the State by Property Crimes, 1st has the lowest number of Property Crimes

5 year New South Wales crime trends

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New South Wales crime compared

Top crime types in New South Wales:


  • Theft

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 116,475 reported cases of Theft.

    116,475

  • Justice procedures offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 85,485 reported cases of Justice procedures offences.

    85,485

  • Transport regulation offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 73,311 reported cases of Transport regulation offences.

    73,311

  • Assault and related offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 71,521 reported cases of Assault and related offences.

    71,521

  • Property damage

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 49,189 reported cases of Property damage.

    49,189

  • Deception

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 46,760 reported cases of Deception.

    46,760

  • Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 46,084 reported cases of Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour.

    46,084

  • Drug use and possession

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 31,175 reported cases of Drug use and possession.

    31,175

  • Burglary/Break and enter

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 28,566 reported cases of Burglary/Break and enter.

    28,566

  • Sexual offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 17,030 reported cases of Sexual offences.

    17,030

  • Weapons and explosives offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 13,927 reported cases of Weapons and explosives offences.

    13,927

  • Miscellaneous offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 13,012 reported cases of Miscellaneous offences.

    13,012

  • Public nuisance offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 12,197 reported cases of Public nuisance offences.

    12,197

  • Other government regulatory offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 8,736 reported cases of Other government regulatory offences.

    8,736

  • Disorderly and offensive conduct

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 7,114 reported cases of Disorderly and offensive conduct.

    7,114

  • Other drug offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 5,382 reported cases of Other drug offences.

    5,382

  • Arson

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 4,537 reported cases of Arson.

    4,537

  • Drug dealing and trafficking

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 3,803 reported cases of Drug dealing and trafficking.

    3,803

  • Robbery

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 1,913 reported cases of Robbery.

    1,913

  • Blackmail and extortion

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 1,850 reported cases of Blackmail and extortion.

    1,850

  • Other crimes against the person

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 1,622 reported cases of Other crimes against the person.

    1,622

  • Cultivate or manufacture drugs

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 832 reported cases of Cultivate or manufacture drugs.

    832

  • Abduction and related offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 269 reported cases of Abduction and related offences.

    269

  • Homicide and related offences

    In 2023 in New South Wales there were 79 reported cases of Homicide and related offences.

    79

Chances of becoming a victim of a Violent crime

  • 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

  • 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 NSW rank in crime?

NSW state is ranked 4 out of 6 ranked states in Australia with 1st being safest.

What are the main crime problems in NSW?

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

What is the most reported crime in NSW?

116,475 Theft cases were reported in NSW in 2023.

Is crime increasing in NSW?

Crime in NSW has increased by 4.61% from 2022 to 2023.

How many murders were in NSW in 2023?

There were 79 Homicide and related offences cases in NSW in 2023.

What is the least safe lga in NSW?

The least safe lga in NSW is Ku-ring-gai, by rank and violent crimes rate.

What is the safest lga in NSW?

The safest lga in NSW is Bourke, by rank and violent crimes rate.

Where are NSW crime hotspots?

Most dangerous lgas in NSW by crime crime rank and violent crimes are Ku-ring-gai, Hunters Hill and Mosman.


LGAs in NSW

Mid-Western Regional (50) Fairfield (37) Canada Bay (20) Bathurst Regional (69) Cessnock (62) Upper Hunter Shire (39) Armidale Regional (86) Maitland (61) Uralla (38) Tenterfield (76) Blacktown (47) Snowy Monaro Regional (36) Newcastle (63) Snowy Valleys (49) Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional (51) Kyogle (36) Hawkesbury (40) Campbelltown (NSW) (51) Eurobodalla (59) Lachlan (100) Shellharbour (35) Albury (81) Kempsey (100) Parkes (87) Sydney (86) Sutherland Shire (24) Wagga Wagga (69) Clarence Valley (64) Central Coast (NSW) (49) Dungog (31) Northern Beaches (19) Georges River (26) Bland (59) Nambucca Valley (58) Mid-Coast (58) Lockhart (34) Wingecarribee (28) Ballina (35) Cabonne (29) Wentworth (64) Bega Valley (30) Walgett (100) Port Stephens (52) Inner West (37) The Hills Shire (19) Wollondilly (27) Tamworth Regional (75) Singleton (48) Dubbo Regional (100) Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional (37) Murray River (32) Hornsby (16) Lake Macquarie (40) Liverpool Plains (57) Murrumbidgee (54) Temora (45) Oberon (30) Gilgandra (81) Bayside (NSW) (31) Coffs Harbour (77) Willoughby (22) Canterbury-Bankstown (34) Liverpool (46) Inverell (86) Moree Plains (100) Cumberland (38) Wollongong (41) Narrabri (80) Bogan (98) Gwydir (39) Tweed (38) Shoalhaven (48) Richmond Valley (70) Muswellbrook (100) Port Macquarie-Hastings (47) Glen Innes Severn (87) Federation (34) Balranald (46) Byron (47) Yass Valley (26) Upper Lachlan Shire (23) Warrumbungle Shire (82) Narrandera (86) Berrigan (47) Edward River (81) Blayney (39) Hilltops (58) Goulburn Mulwaree (55) Coolamon (17) Forbes (81) Griffith (74) Warren (100) Lithgow (82) Woollahra (24) Bellingen (48) Carrathool (58) Lismore (60) Penrith (55) Junee (36) Coonamble (100) Cowra (71) Weddin (34) Blue Mountains (29) Gunnedah (78) Kiama (19) Waverley (42) Hay (62) Bourke (100) Greater Hume Shire (29) Brewarrina (100) Camden (26) Broken Hill (100) Unincorporated NSW (53) Narromine (100) Burwood (32) North Sydney (22) Cobar (77) Orange (74) Parramatta (38) Ryde (19) Randwick (36) Leeton (76) Ku-ring-gai (12) Lane Cove (17) Hunters Hill (14) Strathfield (34) Central Darling (100) Mosman (16) Walcha (60)

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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