According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), Toowoomba crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 11973 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 7% increase from the previous year.

Toowoomba Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 40% of most Australia cities

Toowoomba Crime Map

Toowoomba crime map

Is Toowoomba Safe?

Toowoomba has low safety metrics. Crime rates in Toowoomba are near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia. Toowoomba is safer than 40% of all Australian communities and than 16% of Queensland cities and towns. However, theft is a common offence in Toowoomba.

Toowoomba Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Toowoomba 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 Toowoomba.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Toowoomba
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 12978, up 7% from 12109 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Toowoomba is in the 16th percentile for safety, meaning 84% of Queensland urban areas are safer than Toowoomba and 16% of urban areas are more dangerous than Toowoomba.
  • Street safety to walk at night: moderate safety.
  • Common crime: theft.
  • Safest suburb in Toowoomba city: Top Camp suburb.
  • Top areas to avoid in Toowoomba city (bad areas): Toowoomba City suburb.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 increased by 33% (268 Incidents) compared to the previous year..
  • The number of murder offences recorded in 2022 increased by 100% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of unlawful entry offences recorded in 2022 increased by 54% (684 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 9% (241 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 increased by 43% (22 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of unlawful use of motor vehicles (car theft) recorded in 2022 increased by 43% (211 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of vandalism offences (other property damage) recorded in 2022 increased by 4% (34 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Toowoomba: An In-Depth Analysis

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of recent crime data from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) reveals that Toowoomba’s crime rate is near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia, as it is ranked safer than only 40% of communities across the country, irrespective of population size.

Approximately 84% of Queensland cities and towns have a lower crime rate compared to Toowoomba city. Therefore, Toowoomba’s public safety metrics are low.

How risky is that? Living in Toowoomba comes with a statistical risk of 1 in 12 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 Toowoomba’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 Toowoomba.

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of Toowoomba crime statistics shows that there are 1238 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 Toowoomba city are 1 in 80.

Our analysis indicates that if you reside in Toowoomba, 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 15, equivalent to a rate of 6446 per 100,000 residents. As a reference, the property crime rate for every 100,000 residents in Queensland is 4773.

Toowoomba Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person13421238
Property and deception offences69876446
Other offences46494289

Toowoomba 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 80

In Toowoomba

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in Toowoomba city vs Queensland in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Toowoomba vs Queensland

Toowoomba population: 108398

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 person1877156173139
Homicide (Murder)24520.87
Other Homicide16611.3

It’s important to note that the crime rates for sexual offences are not included in the previously mentioned data for Toowoomba city. Here is Southern 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 Rape50728247955
Other Sexual Offences683477110793
Sexual Offences (Total)11907595186147

Toowoomba 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 15

In Toowoomba

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Toowoomba  vs QLD

Against Property offences: Toowoomba vs Queensland, Australia

Toowoomba population: 108398

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)284312320126232389
Unlawful Entry1950467831799907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle70518092650351
Handling Stolen Goods2125153196100
Other Property Damage90937309839724

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 Toowoomba city

Other Offences: Toowoomba 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 Offences1178482171087935
Trespassing and Vagrancy1765680162110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)313235028946
Weapons Act Offences2266258208121
Traffic and Related Offences1115432531029839

Toowoomba Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square KM in Toowoomba vs QLD in Australia

How many murders were in Toowoomba city in 2022?

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

What’s the most common crime in Toowoomba city?

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

What is the crime rate in Toowoomba city?

The overall crime rate in Toowoomba city, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 11973 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 Toowoomba city a safe place to live in?

Toowoomba city is safer than 40% 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, Toowoomba city is safer than 16% other communities in the state which are considered low safety scores in Queensland.

Is Toowoomba city safe at night?

According to Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, 51% of crimes in Toowoomba city occur between 6 PM and 6 AM so, it’s moderate safety to walk alone in Toowoomba city at night.

What suburb has the highest crime rate in Toowoomba city?

Toowoomba City is the suburb with the highest rate of reported criminal incidents in Toowoomba city with a rate of 138422 incidents per 100,000 population, according to QPS 2022 data. Toowoomba City suburb is safer than only 1% of Queensland suburbs.

What is the safest suburb in Toowoomba city?

Top Camp is the safest suburb in Toowoomba city with a rate of 1902 incidents per 100,000 population as per the QPS report. Top Camp suburb is safer than 78% 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.

Toowoomba Crime Rate by Suburb

Toowoomba 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

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