According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), Hervey Bay crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 9222 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 2% decrease from the previous year.

Hervey Bay Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 47% of most Australia cities

Hervey Bay Crime Map

Hervey Bay crime map

Is Hervey Bay Safe?

Hervey Bay has moderate safety metrics. Crime rates in Hervey Bay are near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia. Hervey Bay is safer than 47% of all Australian communities and than 28% of Queensland cities and towns. However, theft is a common offence in Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Hervey Bay 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 Hervey Bay.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Hervey Bay
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 5324, down 2% from 5449 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Hervey Bay is in the 28th percentile for safety, meaning 72% of Queensland urban areas are safer than Hervey Bay and 28% of urban areas are more dangerous than Hervey Bay.
  • Street safety to walk at night: moderate safety.
  • Common crime: theft.
  • Safest suburb in Hervey Bay city: Craignish suburb.
  • Top areas to avoid in Hervey Bay city (bad areas): Pialba suburb.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 increased by 4% (20 Incidents) compared to the previous year..
  • There was no change in the number of murder offences recorded during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • The number of unlawful entry offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 20% (110 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 14% (168 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 increased by 26% (6 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of unlawful use of motor vehicles (car theft) recorded in 2022 increased by 16% (26 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of vandalism offences (other property damage) recorded in 2022 increased by 12% (55 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Hervey Bay: An In-Depth Analysis

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of recent crime data from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) reveals that Hervey Bay’s crime rate is near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia, as it is ranked safer than only 47% of communities across the country, irrespective of population size.

Approximately 72% of Queensland cities and towns have a lower crime rate compared to Hervey Bay city. Therefore, Hervey Bay’s public safety metrics are moderate.

How risky is that? Living in Hervey Bay comes with a statistical risk of 1 in 15 of becoming a victim of crime, considering the total rate of crimes against the person and property. In contrast, the average chance of falling victim to crime in Queensland stands at 1 in 16.

To better understand Hervey Bay’s overall crime rate, it is essential to examine its performance in crimes against the person and property crimes separately. This approach can provide further insight into whether violent crimes, property crimes, or both, are the primary drivers of the general crime rate in Hervey Bay.

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of Hervey Bay crime statistics shows that there are 1036 incidents against the person per 100,000 inhabitants in a standard year, compared to the Queensland average rate of 1097. As a result, the chances of becoming a victim of crimes such as homicide, assault, robbery, and other offences against the person in Hervey Bay city are 1 in 96.

Our analysis indicates that if you reside in Hervey Bay, your chances of falling victim to property crimes, including arson, fraud, handling stolen goods, unlawful entry, unlawful use of motor vehicles, other theft, and other property damage, are 1 in 19, equivalent to a rate of 4910 per 100,000 residents. As a reference, the property crime rate for every 100,000 residents in Queensland is 4773.

Hervey Bay Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person5981036
Property and deception offences28354910
Other offences18913275

Hervey Bay Crimes Against the Person (Violent Crimes)

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:

  • Other Homicide:  Other homicides are crimes that include attempted murder, murder conspiracy, and manslaughter. Attempted murder is when someone tries to kill another person but is unsuccessful. Murder conspiracy is when two or more people plan to kill someone. Manslaughter is when someone unintentionally causes the death of another person.
  • Assault and related offences: There are different types of assault, like serious assault, which is when someone causes really serious injuries as a result of a physical attack, and assault on police, emergency services or other authorised officers, which is when someone attacks a cop or a paramedic or someone doing their job. There’s also common assault, which is like when someone threatens to punch you or makes you feel scared for your safety.
  • Robbery: There are two types of robbery or mugging: aggravated and non-aggravated. Aggravated robbery is when someone uses a weapon like a knife or a firearm (armed robbery) or causes serious harm to the victim during the robbery, like hitting them with a bat or a gun. Non-aggravated robbery is when someone doesn’t use a weapon or cause serious harm during the robbery but still uses force or the threat of force to take something from the victim.
  • Other offences against the person: These include going armed to cause fear, threatening violence, deprivation of liberty, stalking, and torture. Going Armed to Cause Fear is when someone carries a weapon with the intention of making others scared. Threatening Violence is when someone uses words or actions to scare or intimidate someone else. Deprivation of Liberty is when someone is held against their will, and Stalking is when someone repeatedly follows or harasses another person. Finally, Torture is when someone intentionally hurts someone else very badly, usually to make them suffer or to get information.

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

1 in 96

In Hervey Bay

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in Hervey Bay city vs Queensland in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Hervey Bay vs Queensland

Hervey Bay population: 57734

Queensland population: 5156138

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsQLD Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)QLD Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Other offences against the person817156140139
Homicide (Murder)14520.87
Other Homicide26631.3

It’s important to note that the crime rates for sexual offences are not included in the previously mentioned data for Hervey Bay city. Here is North Coast region data for these offences that can be used as a benchmark for comparison.

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsQLD Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)QLD Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Rape and Attempted Rape61128245555
Other Sexual Offences107847719793
Sexual Offences (Total)16897595151147

Hervey Bay Offences Against Property

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

  • Theft: It can be committed in various forms such as shoplifting, stealing from a person’s home, or taking a vehicle without permission. Other examples include stealing a bicycle, snatching a purse, or taking items from an unattended bag.
  • Unlawful entry (burglary): Aggravated and non-aggravated burglaries are examples of burglary. Aggravated burglary involves the use of weapons, threats, or violence during the break-in, while non-aggravated burglary does not involve such factors.
  • Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle: Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle is when someone uses/steals a car, a bicycle, or other vehicle without the owner’s permission or without legal authority. 
  • Arson: Arson is a criminal act of intentionally setting fire to a property, building, or forest (bushfire) without lawful or justifiable reason. 
  • Handling Stolen Goods: Handling Stolen Goods is a criminal offence that involves dealing with property that has been stolen. For instance, if someone buys a bike from a person they know stole it, they are committing the crime of Handling Stolen Goods. Similarly, if someone sells a stolen phone to someone else, they are also committing the crime. Even if someone receives a stolen item as a gift or in good faith, they can still be charged with the offence if they knew or ought to have known that the property was stolen.
  • Fraud: Fraud is a type of criminal activity that involves deceiving or misleading someone for personal gain. Examples of fraud include things like pretending to be someone else to access their bank account, selling fake products or services, or making false insurance claims.
  • Property damage: This refers to intentional or accidental harm caused to someone else’s property, such as vandalism, or graffiti.

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of Offences Against Property

1 in 19

In Hervey Bay

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Hervey Bay  vs QLD

Against Property offences: Hervey Bay vs Queensland, Australia

Hervey Bay population: 57734

Queensland population: 5156138

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsQLD Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)QLD Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Other Theft (excl. Unlawful Entry)140512320124342389
Unlawful Entry44446783769907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle19018092329351
Handling Stolen Goods865153149100
Other Property Damage49737309861724

Other Offences

Other Offences is a group of crimes that covers many areas, including drugs, prostitution, gambling, and traffic. This includes drug crimes, prostitution, selling alcohol without permission, gambling and racing offences, breaking domestic violence protection orders, trespassing and vagrancy, weapon crimes, disorderly conduct, stock-related crimes, traffic violations, and other miscellaneous crimes.

Other Offences Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Other offences chart of Hervey Bay city

Other Offences: Hervey Bay vs Queensland

Here is a breakdown of some of the other offences that we mentioned before.

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsQLD Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)QLD Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Drug Offences51348217889935
Trespassing and Vagrancy605680104110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)2023503546
Weapons Act Offences886258152121
Traffic and Related Offences609432531055839

Hervey Bay Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square KM in Hervey Bay vs QLD in Australia

How many murders were in Hervey Bay city in 2022?

According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), there were 1 murders in Hervey Bay city in 2022. The number of other homicides (which includes attempted murder, murder conspiracy, and manslaughter) was 2.

What’s the most common crime in Hervey Bay city?

According to the latest available data from Queensland Police Service (QPS), the most common type of crime in Hervey Bay city is theft.

What is the crime rate in Hervey Bay city?

The overall crime rate in Hervey Bay city, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 9222 in the year ending June 2022.

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 Hervey Bay city a safe place to live in?

Hervey Bay city is safer than 47% of cities and towns across Australia and the crime rates are near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia. Compared to Queensland cities, Hervey Bay city is safer than 28% other communities in the state which are considered moderate safety scores in Queensland.

Is Hervey Bay city safe at night?

According to Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, 46% of crimes in Hervey Bay city occur between 6 PM and 6 AM so, it’s moderate safety to walk alone in Hervey Bay city at night.

What suburb has the highest crime rate in Hervey Bay city?

Pialba is the suburb with the highest rate of reported criminal incidents in Hervey Bay city with a rate of 28682 incidents per 100,000 population, according to QPS 2022 data. Pialba suburb is safer than only 5% of Queensland suburbs.

What is the safest suburb in Hervey Bay city?

Craignish is the safest suburb in Hervey Bay city with a rate of 1549 incidents per 100,000 population as per the QPS report. Craignish suburb is safer than 82% of Queensland suburbs.

However, it’s important to note that low crime rates do not necessarily guarantee safety, and that crime can occur anywhere. Hence, it’s essential always to stay vigilant and take appropriate safety measures.

Hervey Bay Crime Rate by Suburb

Hervey Bay suburbsTotal crimes in 2021Total crime rate in 2021Total crimes in 2022Total crime rate in 2022
Redland Bay54431966513825Woodford
Springfield Lakes45626465173000Weipa
Pacific Pines68140956954179Walkerston
Surfers Paradise644524379684225880Toowoomba
Buderim55617706402037Sunshine Coast
Eight Mile Plains69445286614313Nelly Bay
Albany Creek29117763542161Mount Morgan
Maroochydore276013399312915191Mount Isa
Forest Lake872383910514627Maryborough (Qld)
The Gap30217472791614Landsborough
Palm Beach100161239555842Kilcoy
Burpengary94957608194971Jacobs Well
Sunnybank Hills92751309755396Innisfail
Deception Bay18459404214210918Highfields
Pimpama1372558216636766Hervey Bay
Bracken Ridge70740508454841Emu Park
Labrador1526817317059131Charters Towers
Varsity Lakes65339567004241Cedar Vale
Ormeau79249537694810Cedar Grove
Upper Coomera1495549711894372Cairns
Redbank Plains1955804321658907Bundaberg
Alexandra Hills69842417824752Boonah

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


  • Queensland Government Statistician’s Office
  • Queensland Police Service (QPS)

Greater Capital City Statistical Area

Greater Brisbane