According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), Bowen Hills crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 29397 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 24% increase from the previous year.

Bowen Hills Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 5% of most Australia suburbs

Bowen Hills Crime Map

Bowen Hills crime map

Is Bowen Hills Safe?

Bowen Hills has low safety metrics. Crime rates in Bowen Hills are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Bowen Hills is safer than 5% of all Australian suburbs and than 5% of Queensland suburbs. However, other theft (excl. unlawful entry) is a common offence in Bowen Hills.

Bowen Hills Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Bowen Hills 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 Bowen Hills.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Bowen Hills
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 1434, up 24% from 1156 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Bowen Hills is in the 5th percentile for safety, meaning 95% of Queensland suburbs are safer than Bowen Hills and 5% of suburbs are more dangerous than Bowen Hills.
  • Street safety to walk at night: moderate safety.
  • Common crime: other theft (excl. unlawful entry).
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 increased by 32% (14 Incidents) compared to the previous year..
  • There were no murder offences recorded during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • The number of unlawful entry offences recorded in 2022 increased by 53% (46 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 1% (2 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 increased by 200% (6 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • There was no change in the number of unlawful use of motor vehicle offences (car theft) recorded during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • The number of vandalism offences (other property damage) recorded in 2022 increased by 47% (25 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Bowen Hills: An In-Depth Analysis

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of recent crime data from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) reveals that Bowen Hills’s crime rate is considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia, as it is ranked safer than only 5% of suburbs across the country, irrespective of population size.

Approximately 95% of Queensland suburbs have a lower crime rate compared to Bowen Hills. Therefore, Bowen Hills’s public safety metrics are generally considered low.

How risky is that? Living in Bowen Hills comes with a statistical risk of 1 in 5 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 Bowen Hills’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 Bowen Hills.

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of Bowen Hills crime statistics shows that there are 1661 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 Bowen Hills are 1 in 59.

Our analysis indicates that if you reside in Bowen Hills, your chances of falling victim to property crimes, including arson, fraud, handling stolen goods, unlawful entry, unlawful use of motor vehicle, other theft, and other property damage, are 1 in 6, equivalent to a rate of 14986 per 100,000 residents. As a reference, the property crime rate for every 100,000 residents in Queensland is 4773.

Bowen Hills Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person811661
Property and deception offences73114986
Other offences62212751

Bowen Hills 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 59

In Bowen Hills

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in Bowen Hills vs QLD in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Bowen Hills vs Queensland

Bowen Hills population: 4878

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 person147156287139
Homicide (Murder)04500.87
Other Homicide06601.3

It’s important to note that the crime rates for sexual offences are not included in the previously mentioned data for Bowen Hills. Here is Brisbane local government area (LGA) 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 Rape65128244555
Other Sexual Offences86947716193
Sexual Offences (Total)15207595106147

Bowen Hills 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 6

In Bowen Hills

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Bowen Hills vs QLD

Against Property offences: Bowen Hills vs Queensland, Australia

Bowen Hills population: 4878

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)39012320179952389
Unlawful Entry133467832727907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle3718092759351
Handling Stolen Goods465153943100
Other Property Damage78373091599724

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 in Bowen Hills vs Queensland

Other Offences: Bowen Hills 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 Offences319482176540935
Trespassing and Vagrancy265680533110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)8235016446
Weapons Act Offences326258656121
Traffic and Related Offences93432531907839

Bowen Hills Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in Bowen Hills vs Queensland

How many murders were in Bowen Hills in 2022?

According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), there were 0 murders in Bowen Hills in 2022. The number of other homicides (which includes attempted murder, murder conspiracy, and manslaughter) was 0.

What’s the most common crime in Bowen Hills?

According to the latest available data from Queensland Police Service (QPS), the most common type of crime in Bowen Hills is other theft (excl. unlawful entry).

What is the crime rate in Bowen Hills?

The overall crime rate in Bowen Hills, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 29397 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 Bowen Hills a safe place to live in?

Bowen Hills is safer than 5% of suburbs across Australia and the crime rates are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Compared to Queensland suburbs, Bowen Hills is safer than 5% other suburbs in the state which are considered low safety scores in Queensland.

Is Bowen Hills safe at night?

According to Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, 48% of crimes in Bowen Hills occur between 6 PM and 6 AM so, it’s moderate safety to walk alone in Bowen Hills at night.

Total Crime Stats of Bowen Hills

Offence Divison Offence SubdivisonYear (2021)Year (2022)
Offences Against PropertyArson11
Offences Against the PersonAssault4458
Offences Against the PersonRobbery39
Offences Against the PersonHomicide (Murder)00
Offences Against the PersonOther Homicide00
Offences Against the PersonOther Offences Against the Person614
Offences Against PropertyFraud3846
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Entry87133
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Use of Motor Vehicle3737
Offences Against PropertyHandling Stolen Goods2146
Offences Against PropertyOther Theft (excl. Unlawful Entry)388390
Offences Against PropertyOther Property Damage5378
Other OffencesDrug Offences256319
Other OffencesGood Order Offences84134
Other OffencesWeapons Act Offences2532
Other OffencesStock Related Offences00
Other OffencesTraffic and Related Offences8393
Other OffencesTrespassing and Vagrancy1926
Other OffencesProstitution Offences04
Other OffencesGaming Racing & Betting Offences00
Other OffencesLiquor (excl. Drunkenness)48
Other OffencesMiscellaneous Offences76

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