Crime in Townsville, Australia

Crime rates in Townsville, Australia

Level of crime
67.43 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
75.76 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
61.83 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
51.12 Moderate
Worries car stolen
61.87 High
Worries things from car stolen
60.06 High
Worries attacked
51.55 Moderate
Worries being insulted
53.38 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
41.52 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
64.00 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
67.33 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
54.94 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
34.98 Low

Safety in Townsville, Australia

Safety walking alone during daylight
55.73 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
29.69 Low

Contributors: 294

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.

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30 Comments so far
:) on Aug 30, 2022:
man i hate french people as much as i hate nazis
racist on Jun 25, 2022:
i hate the german people who live in townsville :(
(Frightened Citizen) Lauren (Biggie Smalls) Shucksmith on Oct 27, 2021:
I was walking my wife named Beatrice and we were smoking a dart and this group of rowdy black kids walked past us and they stunk up the whole street. So I whispered under near my breath "Thoses blacks stinky streets" and then they turned around a bashed me and hurt my wife. Disgusting little blacks
Bill on Oct 27, 2021:
4 years life in Townsville
1: saw black kids attacked and insulted a women in shopping centre (Stockland )
2: colleague been robbed by a ……… with Knife. It happened on a Friday afternoon 5:30pm Stockland shopping centre
3: friend house got broke in 2 times a month. Annandale
4:car stolen by …. Kids and they ran away and crashed someone and that caused death.
5: A ……stayed in yard of my friend’s house for whole night, and keep talking , friends called police then he left.
6: ………

Townsville is good place to live, most people are nice and relaxing and friendly doesn’t matter which community they from. But the truth is truth. And all the crimes if you looked at it, they have something in common. And maybe that’s why even police can’t do much for making it better.
Decent citizen on Oct 10, 2021:
Townsville is a spot where crime was made where GTA was inspired by where bullshit is not a word rather than a bog event happening .Townsvile is not suitable for families it is for drug dealers and Thugs .escape your life and find another place before it is too late.
I got three attempts of home break ins and armed robbery at my work and the government is playing the paralyzed and blind part no help and no law .Anyone is defending this town is a part of the crime in it .
Noneed on Oct 10, 2021:
All said by Anonymous is perfectly true luckily you moved I am looking to move in the best timing .
Kylie on Dec 05, 2020:
I love it here, don't listen to the trolls like "Anonymous" below, crime here is no worse then any other city of its size. There is a small minority hell bent on spreading misinformation and keep yapping on about crime because they have no life and haven't experienced much of the world. "Tell that to the woman being raped" oh because women don't get raped anywhere else? why don't we ask Jill Meagher for her opinion oh thats right she was raped and killed in the supposedly most "liveable" city on earth Melbourne. So where did you end up moving to.. another planet? galapagos islands? good luck finding a place that is totally "safe" you words no longer mean anything as people realise Townsville isn't a victim of a crime "epidemic" it is a victim of some people that have both an anxiety disorder and verbal diarroea and won't shut up about how paranoid they are. Ugh.
Anonymous on Dec 04, 2020:
People think the crime in Townsville is a joke. Tell that to the woman being raped, the families having their homes broken into and the elderly being bashed by youth for some money. It is no longer safe, it is no longer a great place to raise a family. I couldn’t wait to leave and I’m so glad I did.
Zachary McKean on Dec 03, 2020:
I love the lifestyle here, moved here from Sunny Coast and never looked back, so much more advantageous up here. I work in a lab job and have been given a long term contract :)
Jill Smart on Dec 03, 2020:
This page is subjected to a lot of trolls, and pretty much none of them are legit. "I was attacked walking home from school by other kids" LOL thats called bullying and occurs in all schools around the world, sorry that you were meek and picked on, but seriously tell lifeline and someone who cares. It is a great place to live and call home.
Anonymous on Aug 11, 2020:
I grew up in Townsville as a kid. I was attacked walking home from school by other kids. Our neighbourhood was one of the worst and we were classed as lower class poor. Not a good childhood at all. I still remember the bad childhood memories growing up in wulguru.
Carrol on Aug 07, 2020:
Recently moved to Townsville to escape Coronavirus in Melbourne, I am so impressed with the city, it is simply beautiful!
Izzy on Aug 02, 2020:
Townsville is a great spot to live, people who have never been here think its a bad place with lost of crimes committed, but when you live here its amazing and not a lot of crimes are committed in when you think about since its a fairly big place.
Sammy on Jul 19, 2020:
For the naysayers -
Townsville more dangerous than Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
It's not just the Bulletin bashing it up - you guys are world famous
Sammy on Jul 19, 2020:
Townsville is the absolute pits of the earth. Fortunately, I only had a year (renewable) contract in the dive.
Needless to say, I didn't renew it...

Neighbour was broken into 4 times in 9 months. 3 in 6 months seemed to be a common theme when I was there. There's an undercurrent of scumbags that prey on those who do the right thing - that is, dare leave their house on a regular basis to go to work. Create a pattern, and you are an absolute sitting duck.

I've been to plenty a town and city Australia wide. But there's one thing about "The Ville" that just stands out. There is no middle class....

To begin with, I was a bit naive and slightly taken back. Doesn't the average Joe care? Can't they see what's going on around them? What if it was their daughter that was assaulted? The whole population can't be scumbags, can they? Well, in the case of Townsville, they are.

It turns out that the bulk of the descent folk fled the joint years ago. Those who are left are too scared to speak out, or as the case of some of those on this website are living in the 1980's. Drugs are rife, crime is out of control and the Aboriginal community are untouchable in the eyes of the law...

Either you live in a luxury pad up on the hill, are a local who turns a blind eye and are hence granted protection, or you will be the next victim.
Daniel on Mar 02, 2020:
Lived in Townsville my whole life (42 years). Never had an issue with crime. Had friends or family who have had an incident or two, but nothing consistent.

Townsville is not that bad when you consider what happens in the Capital cities.
Anonymous on Feb 27, 2020:
Totally exaggerated- I’m there at least 4 months of year on 8 occasions. As anywhere you keep away from hot spots and always be aware. Townsville is a wonderful spot!!
Chris on Jan 24, 2020:
I like Townsville, poor city always gets such a beating in the media.. wonder how much business leaders in other cities are paying them to write crap about Townsville, because I have never had anything bad happen here.
Anonymous on Jan 20, 2020:
It's fine, we should stop listening to the whingers
Lewis12 on Dec 09, 2019:
Never had an issue in Townsville, beats living in Ipswich where my cousin was a victim of a violent crime. Plus crime happens all the time in Ipswich and pretty much all over Brisbane. I feel very safe in Townsville
Ameliamcleod97 on Dec 07, 2019:
It is not that I don’t feel safe but half the time it sounds like someone is jumping my fence and trying to break in. I moved here from Brisbane but it could also be last year I had my house broken into so i’m a bit scared about it happening again.
Zoe on Dec 02, 2019:
I don’t feel unsafe in Townsville at all, I find this site hilarious.
Paul on Dec 02, 2019:
It is laughable how scared Australians are of crime. We have the strictest laws in the world, the lowest rate of illegal weapons in the world, our homicide rate is only a fraction of what it was in the early 80's.... yet Australians act like crime is out of control.

Australians now live in the safest environment ever, by a mile. Australia is a country where you get stripped search at train stations, drug tested at random on the side of the road and can go to jail for having a slingshot or being in a pub with a bikie tattoo.

The more we complain the more ridiculous and embarrassing laws we will have. We are allready known as the worlds greatest nanny state and the more we complain the worse it will get.
Brent on Dec 02, 2019:
Haha Tijuana has 12 murders a week and you guys are worried about some kids smashing a window!! Kind of laughable, also to they teach spelling in Townsville because none of you guys can spell!
Bernice on Dec 02, 2019:
My family moved here and we love it! No trouble at all and there is so much to do, Reef HQ, Maggie Island, Castle Hill, Crystal Creek, Bushwalking in Mt Elliot National Park, Kayaking off the Strand, Fishing off the breakwater, Museum of North Queensland, the facilities around the city are always looked after and I feel happy to live here
Angela on Dec 01, 2019:
This data is rigged by other cities Tourism board, shame you can't display IP addresses you will find most of the people who have contributed are fake or are the same person voting multiple times. Townsville is a beautiful city and I will continue to enjoy my life here and laugh at these pathetic fake ratings that actually get picked up by national media.. What a laugh! So called journalists we have today. How about go back and write another anti Meghan Markle article it's what you do best.
Justin on Dec 01, 2019:
I love Townsville I can't believe the Townsville Bulletin is making a mountain out of nothing. I feel more unsafe in Brisbane then I do Townsville.
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2019:
Like to see em try and Break into my house definatly letting some led of !! As i said before wont be long till they break into the wrong house and some one gonna get seriously hurt or end up dead then watch em all do something to fix the matter.
Dylan on Oct 30, 2019:
These poor kids that are reduced to having to borrow cars to get form A to Z and to do so have to deal with locked doors to get the keys.
On top of that the Police target them because of race.
What Townsville needs are the Dondale Commissioners to mediate with the kids who get treated unfairly and then must resort to breaking white man's law to get food or transport. The statistics show there is a problem with the Police classifying social issues as a crime.
Anonymous on Oct 29, 2019:
I’m a 16 year old girl that lives in Townsville. If you were to move here I would tell you your crazy. I have first had experience of the crime in Townsville . I know people that sell and do drugs which is 80% of the population, not saying all. I know for many people how have been I have murdered someone and that isn’t the worst part. We literally get told that we have to look everything we own because if it’s stolen then it’s your fault. I myself have been jumped and have been attack with a knife and do you know what the police do, nothing. Don’t, and I mean don’t move to Townsville unless you are in the army and even then think of you kids and what their going to go through and would have to endure.

I haven’t even started on the job rate cause it’s so shocking that we don’t need one. Their are more kids in Townsville that have to food or clothes cause all their money is from the Government. Their is almost 0% chance of getting a job after 30 if you have never been to uni or have a degree that you have used.

Overall I would say that Townsville is one of the worst towns in Australia for ‘gang’ violence and crime. Best of luck to anyone how has to move here.