There’s no denying that Perth is one of the greatest cities in all of Australia.
Known as the ‘nanna-state’, a report conducted by realestate.com.au in 2019 has revealed that Perth has become the second most liveable city in all of the nation after jumping up two spots from 2018, which is a massive improvement from being rated last place in 2017.
Perth is the second most liveable city in Australia
But what makes Perth so liveable?
Is it our breathtaking beaches? Our slowly-growing city nightlife thanks to Yagan Square and Elizabeth Quay? Nah, it has to be the one and only Bell Tower right?
It definitely has to be the ever so exciting and engaging Bell Tower….said no one ever.
Jokes aside, Perth has been ranked as the second most liveable city in the nation for a number of factors, including safety, availability of affordable housing, high-quality health services, good job prospects and access to the natural environment.
Among the factors listed, safety was valued the most, with 72% of Australians surveyed ranking ‘feeling safe’ as their number one consideration. In fact, Perth residents valued safety more than residents from any other major capital city across the nation.
Perth’s safest neighbourhoods
On this note, we decided to find out where Perth’s safest neighbourhoods are for 2019. To create this list, we used Perth Crime Map which draws official data from WA Police Force Crime Statistics and done comparison using the latest data.
Incidents reported included robbery, drug offences, graffiti, fraud, homicide, assault and property damage. Here are the safest suburbs of Perth for 2019.
- Lower Chittering 47 reported incidents.
- Chidlow 65 reported incidents.
- Iluka 70 reported incidents.
- Daglish 77 reported incidents.
- Burns Beach 79 reported incidents.
- Connolly 86 reported incidents.
- Dalkeith 119 reported incidents.
- Peppermint Grove 129 reported incidents.
- Roleystone 175 reported incidents.
- Darch 191 reported incidents.
- Winthrop 213 reported incidents.
One of the safest suburbs to live in for 2018 to 2019 with the lowest crime rate was Lower chittering with 47 reported incidents. Although Iluka had 70 reported incidents, it was one of the safest suburbs to live in with 1.33 reported incidents per 100 residents.
The overall trend seems to reveal that the Northern suburbs of Perth in the surrounding areas of Joondalup houses some of the safest suburbs to live in.
What are the least safe suburbs to live in Perth?
Can’t have the best suburbs in Perth without featuring some of the worst neighbourhoods to live in. Here are the suburbs with the highest reported crime rate in Perth for 2019.
- Armadale 4672 reported incidents.
- Fremantle 3907 reported incidents.
- Gosnells 3757 reported incidents.
- Midland 3507 reported incidents.
- Mandurah 3493 reported incidents.
- Northbridge 3363 reported incidents.
- Rockingham 3179 reported incidents.
- Maddington 3112 reported incidents.
- Thornlie 2815 reported incidents.
- Cannington 2445 reported incidents.
- Balga 2262 reported incidents.
In terms of reported incidents, it’s no surprise that Armadale is sitting in first place, it also has the highest stealing rate of 1617, with Midland not too far behind at 1488 and Fremantle 1450.
If we were to examine incidents reported per 100 residents, Northbridge takes the cake with approximately 257 reports but that’s to be expected in Perth’s largest partying hub.
House Safety Tips
If you’re currently living in some of Perth’s most burgled suburbs, here’s WAPOL top 10 tips to avoid being burgled:
- Keep all doors and windows locked at all times, including sheds and garages even when you’re at home.
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- Keep all valuable items such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras, and other electronic devices out of sight.
- Install a security alarm with visible external light and always turn it on.
- Do not hide spare keys around your yard, leave it with a friend, neighbour or relative.
- If you go on holiday arrange for your mail to be held by Australia Post or collected daily by a friend or relative.
- Be careful what you mention on social media.
- Install motion sensor lights to the exterior of your property.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to reduce the opportunity for burglars to hide and increase visibility from the street.
- Engrave or mark your property with your driver’s license number for easy identification.
- Destroy boxes from newly bought appliances, including TVs, fridges, washers, consoles and so on, so they are not on display for burglars to see.