Top safest suburbs in Brisbane

Why do top safest suburbs in Brisbane matter? Brisbane is a big city. Often deciding where to buy and live is dependent on a wide range of variables. However, if you think that safety and choosing to live in the top safest suburbs in Brisbane is a priority for you, this article is just what you are after.

Brisbane crime safety map

Below is our interpretation of top safe and top unsafe suburbs in Brisbane.

Our interpretation of crime safety in Brisbane, showing top safest suburbs and top unsafe areas by crime statistics.
Our interpretation of crime safety in Brisbane, showing top safest suburbs and top unsafe areas by crime statistics.

Why safety matters

Choosing a safe and peaceful neighbourhood is often a priority when shopping for a new home, place or investment. A house in a safe suburb is in high demand, we all want to relax and live peacefully. No one wants to worry about someone breaking into their home or harassing their children. Investment in a safe suburb is also often an important consideration. Often investment properties in safe suburbs would command a higher rent and could be in higher demand.

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As cities grow and mature, so does the crime. The larger the city the more crime it brings. Which means as time passes, and as our Australian capitals become bigger and bigger top safest suburbs become more important. Brisbane is not an exception from this rule.

As cities grow and mature, so does the crime. The larger the city the more crime it brings. Which means as time passes, and as our Australian capitals become bigger and bigger top safest suburbs become more important. Brisbane is not an exception from this rule.
Crimes are trending up as cities grow. Source: here

What are the top safest suburbs in Brisbane?

We are suing Queensland Police Service crime statistics to analyse safety of suburbs in Brisbane. There is a plethora of sources for crime statistics, so each interpretation might differ slightly. It also depends on what crimes are accounted for.

Overall, we looked at all crimes committed between 02 March 2019 and 02 June 2019. Out of suburbs with sufficient population size, we estimate that the following suburbs are the safest. Holland Park West, Newmarket and Banyo are the safest with all around 100 crimes committed in the quarter. This is closely followed by Kelvin Grove, Ascot – Brisbane, Salisbury, Herston, Murarrie, Mount Gravatt East and Kuraby. All of these suburbs recorded under 115 crimes in the quarter. Considering population size, and that some of the crimes are petty crimes we interpreted these very safe.

Bald Hills, Keperra, Newstead, Runcorn, Stafford, Morningside, Sandgate, Yeronga, Lutwyche, East Brisbane, Coopers Plains, Clayfield, Everton Park, Milton, Northgate, Ashgrove, Windsor, Virginia and Dutton Park are all safe in our view. They all recorded under 150 crimes in the period. Majority of the crimes are minor in our view.

What are the top unsafe suburbs in Brisbane?

We see Woolloongabba, Forest Lake, Wishart, Inala and Macgregor as the top unsafe suburbs in Brisbane. Why? All of these suburbs recorded homicide or similar crimes. We consider these crimes as the most dangerous and suburbs that record these crimes as unsafe. From total amount of crimes committed we see Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley, Upper Mount Gravatt and South Brisbane as the most unsafe suburbs. The city has recorded over 2 thousand instances of crime over the period, Fortitude Valley over 1,300. While majority of these crimes are trivial, like Good Order Offences and petty theft, we still consider that these numbers tell a broader story.

Why some suburbs in Brisbane are safe and others are not?

Many reasons could mean that a suburb is safe or unsafe. Reasons like:

  • Lack of jobs
  • Density and number of people living in high density
  • Socioeconomic level of people living in the area
  • Wealth and type of jobs
  • Prevalence of public services, such as police, government, hospitals
  • Transport links
  • Maintenance and abandonment of properties.

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