|Level of crime||44.94||Moderate|
|Crime increasing in the past 3 years||66.80||High|
|Worries home broken and things stolen||40.58||Moderate|
|Worries being mugged or robbed||37.99||Low|
|Worries car stolen||34.24||Low|
|Worries things from car stolen||40.69||Moderate|
|Worries being insulted||45.25||Moderate|
|Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion||30.75||Low|
|Problem people using or dealing drugs||55.32||Moderate|
|Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft||52.85||Moderate|
|Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery||43.99||Moderate|
|Problem corruption and bribery||36.76||Low|
|Safety walking alone during daylight||71.79||High|
|Safety walking alone during night||42.56||Moderate|
Last update: March 2023
These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.
If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.
|Crime in Ballarat||71.73 miles|
|Crime in Wangaratta||149.91 miles|
|Crime in Albury||195.47 miles|
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Even in wealthy suburbs like Hawthorn, Kew, Ivanhoe, Prahran, I do not feel safe walking home at night, especially not as a female. It's ok if you are male, or if you look like you are tough and can defend yourself, as you are less likely to be targeted.
I lived in Melbourne for 40 years and it has definitely changed, got more over populated, and people are more busy and more desperate since the housing prices started becoming unaffordable. Once you've travelled to a few countries, you get a feeling for what "safety" really is. You can get used to a certain degree of crime and consider your city to be "safe", until you go to another country and realise that actually, Melbourne is not as safe as you think.
It's not a very safe city, but you're not as likely to get attacked in Melbourne like you might in other cities. Unless it is Friday or Saturday night where people get drunk and get into fights, that definitely happens a lot. So stay away from those people. I would not call Melbourne "dangerous", but some suburbs are dangerous and I avoid those suburbs. No matter where you go, even a rich suburb, you do keep in mind where your bag or backpack is at all times in case it gets stolen or your wallet or purse is taken, but if you are smart, educated and aware, you can have a life where none of these things happen to you. So it is relatively safe. Just don’t get confused and think it is like a safe little town in Western Europe, ok? In Melbourne there is more of a divide between rich and poor, more homelessness and poverty, and this will always lead to higher crime rates and safety issues, it's hard to avoid when the average house price is $1 Million dollars, which is the case in Melbourne. When the average yearly salary is somewhere around the $50-70K for an adult, often with university education, you can see why owning a house is now so hard.
Sure, Melbourne scores well on liveable city indexes, people definitely do not carry guns (thank goodness), but a few people carry knifes and weapons, and if you live in the right suburb, you might live your entire life without getting robbed. But on average I think everybody in this city has at least had their wallet quietly stolen from their handbag once. The key here, like any city, is to look at the safest and unsafest town or suburb. You're not just looking at the city centre where all the tourists go, you're also looking at the areas where people live, and it's a very big city that you need a car to travel in, so this should be taken into consideration. It takes 2 hours to drive from outer East to outer Western suburbs.
There are rich suburbs with less crime, and then, like any other city, there are suburbs where there are disadvantaged people, and often these areas tend to have people who are international and not native to the country - again, like any other city - and these areas are where the values of the people are going to be different because perhaps is a lack of cultural integration. And also cultural misunderstanding, different values and experiences, and not enough support for these people.
The unsafe suburbs change over time, but here is what I can tell you of my own knowledge. Unsafe suburbs where you are more likely to get mugged or have things taken from your car or home are probably going to be more commonly Melton, Broadmeadows, Frankston, Dandenong, and all of these above listed places' surrounding suburbs. Right now Melton is the one of the newer areas that houses are being built, it is very far away from the main part of Melb, so it is cheaper and it attracts disadvantaged people that are desperate and so the crime goes up. And this is for people of all cultures who live there - including "Australian" white people, who are commonly labelled here as "bogans". In America they would call them white trash or trailer trash. Got it? Generally the West, which is further away from the beaches and more industrial or lacking in infrastructure is where you will find disadvantaged areas too. The places along the coast where the beaches are, tend to have more money and less crime, but again, this is always changing. The beach is beautiful, so it's a popular place to live. Right now Frankston and Carrum are not really safe but they are near the beach and they are getting better slowly. But the population grows, more people want to live by the beach, and then the prices in the beach towns go up and the disadvantaged people move out. A process called gentrification. This is what happened to Black Rock and Beaumaris - 20 years ago they were very unsafe places, but now only dentists and surgeons live there because it is so expensive, so crime is not anywhere near as high in those areas any more.
You get my drift? In any city you can find pockets or areas of disadvantage, and this is where you won’t feel safe walking home at night alone. I can tell you that even in wealthy suburbs like Hawthorn, Kew, Ivanhoe, Prahran, I do not feel safe walking home at night, especially not as a female. It's ok if you are made, you are less likely to be targeted.
Melbourne is a generally safe city, but I've definitely seen much safer cities in Europe, so we cannot ignore the fact that there is an undertow of crime and problems that are not being managed, and I think that this is beging accurately reflected in the Numbeo statistics.
And finally, I think a very good measure of safety of a city, which perhaps Numbeo should measure somehow, is what is the youngest age that you think a child is safe to walk to and from school by themselves. In Melbourne, you'd say that maybe around the age of 13. And that's just walking to and from school. The children then stay home where they are safe. They do not walk to the shops by themselves at 13, maybe but not really, that's more for disadvantaged areas where the adults aren't taking proper care of their children. In any suburb, rich or poor, if you saw a child out in the town who was 9 or 10 years old and they were alone, you would check that they have an adult accompanying them, or you would be worried and ask them if they are ok. You wouldn't want a child that young walking around without an adult in Melbourne, as there is a worry they they could get kidnapped.
Breaking in & attacking residents calls for Taliban type laws.