According to ACT Policing, Spence crime rate for the year ending December 2021 was 5378 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 26% decrease from the previous year.

Spence Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 71% of most Australia suburbs

Spence Crime Map

Spence crime map

Is Spence Safe?

Spence has moderate safety safety metrics. Crime rates in Spence are below average to the majority of suburbs in Australia. Spence is safer than 71% of all Australian suburbs and than 49% of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) suburbs. However, traffic offences is a common offence in Spence.

Spence Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has crime in Spence increased or decreased in the past 5 years? The chart below shows the 60-month historical trend of the number of offences that occurred in Spence.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Spence
  • District: Belconnen.
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded by ACT Policing in the year 2021 was 138, down 26% from 186 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Spence is in the 49th percentile for safety, meaning 51% of ACT suburbs are safer than Spence and 49% of suburbs are more dangerous than Spence.
  • Common crime: traffic offences.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2021 increased by 117% (7 Incidents) compared to the previous year..
  • There was no change in the number of sexual offences recorded during the years 2020 and 2021.
  • There were no homicide offences recorded during the years 2020 and 2021.
  • The number of burglary offences recorded in 2021 decreased by 50% (6 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences recorded in 2021 decreased by 14% (3 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2021 decreased by 100% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of motor vehicle thefts recorded in 2021 decreased by 33% (2 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of property damage offences recorded in 2021 increased by 13% (2 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Spence: An In-Depth Analysis

According to AU Crime Rate’s analysis of the latest crime statistics from the ACT Policing, Spence is ranked safer than 71% of the suburbs across Australia, regardless of population size. That means that Spence crime rate is below average to the majority of suburbs in Australia.

In ACT, only about 51% of suburbs have a lower crime rate than Spence. As a result, Spence has moderate safety scores in public safety metrics.

If you are a resident of Spence, your chance of becoming a victim of crime is 1 in 40 (based on the total crime rate of crimes against the person and property combined) while ACT average’s is 1 in 23.

Let’s take a closer look at Spence’s crime statistics and see how it fares in terms of crimes against person and property crimes. This information is crucial because it can shed light on whether violent or property crimes or both, are the primary factors driving Spence’s overall crime rate. So, are you curious to learn more about Spence’s crime data and what they reveal about the suburb’s safety and security? Let’s dive in!

AU Crime Rate’s analysis reveals that the against-the-person crime rate in Spence is 663 per one hundred thousand inhabitants while the ACT average rate is 841. So, one’s chances of becoming a victim of crimes against the person (violent crime) in Spence is 1 in 150. The crimes against the person included in this analysis are homicide, assault, sexual offences, robbery, and other offences against the person.

From our analysis, we discovered that your odds of becoming a victim of a property crime, if you live in Spence, is 1 in 55. This is equal to a rate of 1793 per one hundred thousand residents compared to a rate of 3338 per 100,000 residents for ACT state. It’s worth mentioning that the property crimes tracked here include theft, motor vehicle theft, burglary, and property damage.

Spence Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Offences against the person17663
Offences against Property461793
Other Offences752923

Spence Crimes Against the Person

These are violent crimes against people whether these are family violence or non-family violence. Basically, if someone does something to hurt or scare another person, it’s considered a crime against the person. This includes:

  • Assault: According to ACT Policing, assault is an action aimed at inflicting non-lethal harm or injury to another individual, without any sexual or materialistic motives, and excluding attempts at murder or acts leading to death.
  • Robbery: Robbery involves illegally seizing someone’s property with the intention to permanently keep it, taken directly from the person’s possession, control, or custody, often involving or threatening immediate physical force or violence.
  • Homicide refers to the illegal act of killing or attempting to kill another person or conspiring to do so. This encompasses murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter resulting in death.
  • Sexual assault is defined as any physical contact or attempted contact of a sexual nature towards another individual without their consent, or where consent is obtained through intimidation or deception. It also applies when consent is legally invalid due to factors like the individual’s age, mental incapacity (temporary or permanent), or a familial relationship.
  • Other offences against the person” encompass acts aimed at threatening or harassing an individual, or unlawfully restricting their freedom of movement against their will or the will of their legal guardian or caretaker. This category includes crimes such as abduction and kidnapping, false imprisonment or deprivation of liberty, and various forms of harassment and threatening behaviour.

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Crime Against the Person

1 in 150

In Spence

1 in 118


Crimes Against the Person Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Violent crimes against the person in Spence vs ACT in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Spence vs ACT

Spence population: 2566

ACT population: 453764

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsACT Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)ACT Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Sexual offences153739118
Other offences against the person327011760

Spence Against Property offences

These are crimes related to stealing or damaging property or deceiving someone for personal gain. Property crimes include:

  • Theft (excluding Motor Vehicles): Theft, excluding the stealing of motor vehicles, is the illegal act of taking or acquiring money, goods, services, or non-motorized vehicles without employing force, threat of force, violence, coercion, or deception. The intent behind this act is to permanently deprive the owner or possessor of the use of their money, goods, or services.
  • Burglary (unlawful entry): Burglary is defined as the illegal entry into a structure, whether by force or not, with the intention to commit a crime. A structure in this context is any building enclosed by walls and capable of being secured, such as a house, flat, caravan, office, bank, shop, factory, school, or church.
  • Stolen motor vehicles: The theft of motor vehicles involves illegally taking another person’s motor vehicle without authorization, intending to deprive the owner or possessor of its use, either temporarily or permanently. This category covers both the illegal use of a motor vehicle and the theft of a motor vehicle.
  • Property damage: This refers to intentional or accidental harm caused to someone else’s property, such as vandalism, fire or explosion, and graffiti.

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of Against Property offences

1 in 55

In Spence

1 in 29


Crimes Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Spence vs ACT

Against Property offences: Spence vs ACT

Spence population: 2566

ACT population: 453764

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsACT Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)ACT Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Theft (excluding Motor Vehicles)0791901745
Motor vehicle theft131425507314
Burglary/Break and enter1198639438
Property damage038170841

Other Offences

Other offences” encompass a wide range of criminal acts not covered under specific categories. This includes but is not limited to, offences related to deception, environmental crimes, weapons violations, drug offences, public order breaches, and driving-related offences.

Other Offences: Spence vs ACT

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsACT Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)ACT Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
MISC. offences511022319882253
Traffic offences2462809351384

Spence Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in Spence vs ACT

How many murders in Spence in 2021?

According to ACT Policing, there were 0 homicides in Spence in 2021. It’s important to note that this figure includes all homicides, not just murders.

What’s the most common crime in Spence?

According to the latest available data from ACT Policing, the most common type of crime in Spence is traffic offences.

What is the crime rate in Spence?

The overall crime rate in Spence, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 5378 in the year ending December 2021.

However, it’s important to note that this is an aggregate figure that includes all types of crime, and some types of offences are more prevalent than others. Additionally, crime rates can vary by location, with some areas experiencing higher rates of certain types of crime than others.

Is Spence a safe place to live in?

Spence is safer than 71% of suburbs across Australia and the crime rates are below average to the majority of suburbs in Australia. Compared to ACT suburbs, Spence is safer than 49% of other suburbs in the state which are considered moderate safety safety scores in ACT.

Total Crime Stats of Spence

SubdivisionOffence typeYear (2020)Year (2021)
AssaultAssault - FV113
AssaultAssault - Non-FV50
Sexual offencesSexual offences11
RobberyRobbery - armed10
RobberyRobbery - other00
Other offences against the personOther offences against the person23
Theft (excluding Motor Vehicles)Theft (excluding Motor Vehicles)2118
Motor vehicle theftMotor vehicle theft64
BurglaryBurglary dwellings126
BurglaryBurglary shops00
BurglaryBurglary other00
Property damageProperty damage1618
MISC. offencesMISC. offences8251
Traffic offencesTraffic Speeding86
Traffic offencesTraffic Mobile Use02
Traffic offencesTraffic Seatbelts10
Traffic offencesTraffic Other3016

Note: This article doesn’t have detailed data for family violence, victims, female offenders, reoffending, stalking, and youth crime. For more information about these topics, check our resources page. check our resources page.


  • ACT Policing
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census QuickStats for all persons

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