According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), Kowanyama crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 62836 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 19% increase from the previous year.

Kowanyama Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 1% of most Australia suburbs

Kowanyama Crime Map

Kowanyama crime map

Is Kowanyama Safe?

Kowanyama has low safety metrics. Crime rates in Kowanyama are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Kowanyama is safer than 1% of all Australian suburbs and than 2% of Queensland suburbs. However, assault is a common offence in Kowanyama.

Kowanyama Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Kowanyama 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 Kowanyama.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Kowanyama
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 678, up 19% from 571 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Kowanyama is in the 2nd percentile for safety, meaning 98% of Queensland suburbs are safer than Kowanyama and 2% of suburbs are more dangerous than Kowanyama.
  • Street safety to walk at night: moderate safety.
  • Common crime: assault.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 increased by 43% (70 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 43% (20 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 88% (22 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • There were no robbery offences recorded during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • The number of unlawful use of motor vehicles (car theft) recorded in 2022 increased by 20% (2 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of vandalism offences (other property damage) recorded in 2022 increased by 16% (12 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Kowanyama: An In-Depth Analysis

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of recent crime data from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) reveals that Kowanyama’s crime rate is considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia, as it is ranked safer than only 1% of suburbs across the country, irrespective of population size.

Approximately 98% of Queensland suburbs have a lower crime rate compared to Kowanyama. Therefore, Kowanyama’s public safety metrics are generally considered low.

How risky is that? Living in Kowanyama comes with a statistical risk of 0 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 Kowanyama’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 Kowanyama.

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of Kowanyama crime statistics shows that there are 23170 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 Kowanyama are 1 in 3.

Our analysis indicates that if you reside in Kowanyama, 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 4, equivalent to a rate of 20389 per 100,000 residents. As a reference, the property crime rate for every 100,000 residents in Queensland is 4773.

Kowanyama Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person25023170
Property and deception offences22020389
Other offences20819277

Kowanyama 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 3

In Kowanyama

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in Kowanyama vs QLD in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Kowanyama vs Queensland

Kowanyama population: 1079

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 person1871561668139
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 Kowanyama. Here is Kowanyama 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 Rape2282419455
Other Sexual Offences9477187493
Sexual Offences (Total)1175951068147

Kowanyama 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 4

In Kowanyama

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Kowanyama vs QLD

Against Property offences: Kowanyama vs Queensland, Australia

Kowanyama population: 1079

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)4712320143562389
Unlawful Entry67467836209907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle12180921112351
Handling Stolen Goods1515393100
Other Property Damage86373097970724

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 Kowanyama vs Queensland

Other Offences: Kowanyama 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 Offences30482172780935
Trespassing and Vagrancy1356801205110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)392350361446
Weapons Act Offences56258463121
Traffic and Related Offences28432532595839

Kowanyama Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in Kowanyama vs Queensland

How many murders were in Kowanyama in 2022?

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

What’s the most common crime in Kowanyama?

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

What is the crime rate in Kowanyama?

The overall crime rate in Kowanyama, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 62836 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 Kowanyama a safe place to live in?

Kowanyama is safer than 1% of suburbs across Australia and the crime rates are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Compared to Queensland suburbs, Kowanyama is safer than 2% other suburbs in the state which are considered low safety scores in Queensland.

Is Kowanyama safe at night?

According to Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, 44% of crimes in Kowanyama occur between 6 PM and 6 AM so, it’s moderate safety to walk alone in Kowanyama at night.

Total Crime Stats of Kowanyama

Offence Divison Offence SubdivisonYear (2021)Year (2022)
Offences Against PropertyArson12
Offences Against the PersonAssault162232
Offences Against the PersonRobbery00
Offences Against the PersonHomicide (Murder)00
Offences Against the PersonOther Homicide00
Offences Against the PersonOther Offences Against the Person1318
Offences Against PropertyFraud45
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Entry4767
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Use of Motor Vehicle1012
Offences Against PropertyHandling Stolen Goods21
Offences Against PropertyOther Theft (excl. Unlawful Entry)2547
Offences Against PropertyOther Property Damage7486
Other OffencesDrug Offences2430
Other OffencesGood Order Offences9289
Other OffencesWeapons Act Offences45
Other OffencesStock Related Offences00
Other OffencesTraffic and Related Offences4828
Other OffencesTrespassing and Vagrancy1513
Other OffencesProstitution Offences00
Other OffencesGaming Racing & Betting Offences00
Other OffencesLiquor (excl. Drunkenness)4639
Other OffencesMiscellaneous Offences44

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)

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