Choosing the right suburb to live in is a major consideration when buying property. While there are many factors that come into play when weighing up a suburb’s appeal, safety is the top concern for most Australians. In fact, a 2018 survey by Upside revealed that a huge 92.54% of people consider crime rates and general safety to be important factors in finding a place to live.
So, where are best places to live around Australia when it comes to safety? We’ve rounded up the safest suburbs in each capital city based on the latest crime statistics and suburb data.
Safest suburbs in Melbourne
According to the Victorian Government’s Crime Statistics Agency, the 10 Melbourne suburbs with the lowest crime rates in 2019 were:
- The Patch: 1.03 incidents per 100 residents
- Park Orchards: 1.33 incidents per 100 residents
- Ferny Creek: 1.38 incidents per 100 residents
- Selby: 1.47 incidents per 100 residents
- Kallista: 1.53 incidents per 100 residents
- Warrandyte: 1.74 incidents per 100 residents
- Montmorency: 1.74 incidents per 100 residents
- Donvale: 1.86 incidents per 100 residents
- Sassafras: 1.88 incidents per 100 residents
- Black Rock: 1.94 incidents per 100 residents
The majority of these suburbs lie outside central Melbourne and have a relatively low population. For example, The Patch, which recorded the lowest crime rates of any suburb in Melbourne, had just 1,065 residents as of the 2016 census, and is located 39km east of Melbourne’s CBD. Interestingly, all of the suburbs in the list above are located in Melbourne’s east, except for Blackrock, which is an affluent bayside suburb 18km south-east of the CBD.
In Melbourne overall, total crime rates were down by 2.1% in 2019 compared to the previous year. Melbourne was also ranked the 10th safest city in the world according to the 2019 Safe Cities Index. The index is based on a number of indicators, including personal, infrastructure, health and digital security.
Safest suburbs in Sydney
According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the safest areas in Sydney in the year up to September 2019 were:
- Ku-Ring-Gai LGA: 163.9 incidents per 100,000 population
- Mosman LGA: 258.5 incidents per 100,000 population
- Canada Bay LGA: 277.2 incidents per 100,000 population
- Hornsby LGA: 321.9 incidents per 100,000 population
- The Hills Shire LGA: 324.1 incidents per 100,000 population
- Willoughby LGA: 338.9 incidents per 100,000 population
- North Sydney LGA: 349.2 incidents per 100,000 population
- Woollahra LGA: 383.2 incidents per 100,000 population
- Hunters Hill LGA: 434.2 incidents per 100,000 population
- Burwood LGA: 450.3 incidents per 100,000 population
The majority of Sydney’s safest areas lie north of Sydney Harbour, with the exception of Canada Bay in the inner west and Hunters Hill to the east. Overall, Sydney was ranked the fifth safest city in the world in 2019 according to the 2019 Safe Cities Index, a jump from seventh place last year.
Safest suburbs in Brisbane
Data released from RACQ and reported by realestate.com.au in March 2019 revealed that there were eight postcodes without a single incident recorded of home theft, vandalism and malicious damage during the past three years. Those postcodes are:
- 4170 Morningside, Cannon Hill, Norman Park and Seven Hills
- 4106 Rocklea
- 4111 Nathan
- 4117 Berrinba
- 4051 Alderley, Grange, Newmarket, Wilston, Enoggera & Gaythorne
- 4066 Toowong and Auchenflower
- 4123 Rochedale and Rochedale South
- 4008 Pinkenba
Specific suburbs aside, Brisbane is generally considered to be a safe city to live in with low crime rates overall. Life in Australia, a 2019 publication by realestate.com.au and Ispos, reported that perceptions of Brisbane’s liveability are the fourth highest in the country, with 70% of respondents saying ‘feeling safe’ is the most important indicator of liveability.
Safest suburbs in Canberra
Data released from the Australian Federal Police reveals the safety of Canberra’s districts based on crime statistics from 2019:
- Molonglo Valley: 439 incidents in 2019
- Weston Creek: 1066 incidents in 2019
- Woden: 2073 incidents in 2019
- Inner South: 2881 incidents in 2019
- Gungahlin: 3695 incidents in 2019
- Tuggeranong: 4621 incidents in 2019
- Inner North: 7246 incidents in 2019
- Belconnen: 8056 incidents in 2019
However, it’s important to note that districts with higher populations have higher rates of crime. For example, Belconnen, which had the highest number of criminal incidents in 2019, had a population of 96,049 as of the 2016 census, while the Molonglo Valley had a population of just 4,578 residents.
Overall, levels of crime are very low and Canberra was ranked the most liveable city in Australia, according to the 2019 Life in Australia publication by realestate.com.au and Ispos.
Safest suburbs in Perth
The Perth Crime Map website, which collates WA Police and census data for robbery, graffiti, car theft, burglary and assault, reports that the 10 safest suburbs in Perth are:
- Dalkeith: 0.7 incidents per 100 residents
- Floreat: 0.9 incidents per 100 residents
- Lower Chittering: 0.9 incidents per 100 residents
- Leeming: 0.9 incidents per 100 residents
- Iluka: 0.9 incidents per 100 residents
- Menora: 0.9 incidents per 100 residents
- Daglish: 0.9 incidents per 100 residents
- Kingsley: 1.0 incidents per 100 residents
- Wembley Downs: 1.0 incidents per 100 residents
- Duncraig: 1.0 incidents per 100 residents
Of the suburbs above, Dalkeith, Daglish and Menora are closest to Perth CBD, with Floreat and Wembley Downs slightly further to the north-west. Overall, Perth is considered a relatively safe city to live in with moderate crime rates.