By Jayen on 7 May 2018
Want to know if Parramatta is a safe place to live? Read on to see some statistics, the hotspots, as well as links for more information and where you can ask questions.
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Do you know that the bureau has a crime tool you can use to look up crime statistics. You can see statistics on a map or on a table. The map let's you compare areas quickly and supports three types of areas: LGAs (councils), postcodes, and suburbs. The table is good if you want to see a trend across multiple years.
For some offences, the crime tool lets you see hotspots, like the one at the top of this article. The hotspots let you see which areas within a suburb are safe. The offences that currently have hotspots are:
- Assault - Domestic Violence Related
- Assault - Non-Domestic Violence Related
- Alcohol Related Assault
- Break and Enter Dwelling - this is the offence shown above
- Break and Enter Non-Dwelling
- Motor Vehicle Theft
- Steal from Motor Vehicle
- Steal from Dwelling
- Steal from Person
- Malicious Damage
If you're trying to find out if Parramatta is safe, that's probably because you are looking at living there. Below I include a table from the bureau comparing different suburbs of a population similar to Parramatta. I've also included the last few years, so you can see the trend. The rate is incidents per 100,000 residents.
|To Dec 2017||Year to Dec 2012||Year to Dec 2013||Year to Dec 2014||Year to Dec 2015||Year to Dec 2016||Year to Dec 2017|
Trend: 6 year
|New South Wales||down 8.4% per year||40610||555.7||35277||476.1||33980||452.0||31627||414.6||29713||383.9||27776||358.9|
|CHATSWOOD||down 4% per year||95||417.8||44||188.3||46||190.5||41||163.1||48||183.6||89||340.4|
|MARRICKVILLE||down 6.9% per year||97||367.0||154||574.5||95||348.6||85||307.7||56||200.1||72||257.3|
|PARRAMATTA||down 11.9% per year||196||899.7||219||953.0||198||806.5||128||496.7||152||563.1||129||477.9|
|QUAKERS HILL||down 14.7% per year||93||342.8||109||399.5||91||331.3||67||242.3||79||283.7||43||154.4|
|STRATHFIELD||down 12.6% per year||252||993.8||154||596.9||196||747.7||151||567.4||139||513.9||137||506.5|
Suburb of Parramatta and City of Parramatta
We briefly mentioned LGAs earlier. An "LGA" is a Local Government Area, but they're usually called Councils. Generally a Council is made of postcodes and the postcodes are made up of suburbs. The suburbs don't have their own government. In Australia, we have three levels, with the lowest level of government being the Councils. Usually when someone says they live in Parramatta, they mean the suburb and not the City of Parramatta Council.
There are, of course, other factors besides safety when choosing a place to live. On our site, you can search based on safety, travel time, and of course price.
Emma Wright lives in Parramatta and has written an article on this very topic.
They say no news is good news, but occasionally you see stories like this.