According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), Mackay crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 63963 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 12% decrease from the previous year.

Mackay Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 1% of most Australia suburbs

Mackay Crime Map

Mackay crime map

Is Mackay Safe?

Mackay has low safety metrics. Crime rates in Mackay are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Mackay is safer than 1% of all Australian suburbs and than 2% of Queensland suburbs. However, other theft (excl. unlawful entry) is a common offence in Mackay.

Mackay Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Mackay 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 Mackay.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Mackay
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 2563, down 12% from 2911 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Mackay is in the 2nd percentile for safety, meaning 98% of Queensland suburbs are safer than Mackay and 2% of suburbs are more dangerous than Mackay.
  • Street safety to walk at night: moderate safety.
  • Common crime: other theft (excl. unlawful entry).
  • There was no change in the number of assault offences recorded during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • There were no murder offences recorded during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • The number of unlawful entry offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 46% (107 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 3% (19 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 13% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of unlawful use of motor vehicles (car theft) recorded in 2022 decreased by 14% (7 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of vandalism offences (other property damage) recorded in 2022 increased by 1% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Mackay: An In-Depth Analysis

According to AU Crime Rate’s analysis of the latest crime statistics from the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Mackay is ranked safer than 1% of the suburbs across Australia, regardless of population size. That means that Mackay crime rate is considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia.

In Queensland, only about 98% of suburbs have a lower crime rate than Mackay. As a result, Mackay has low scores in public safety metrics.

If you are a resident of Mackay, your chance of becoming a victim of crime is 0 (based on the total crime rate of crimes against the person and property combined) while the Queensland average is 1 in 16.

Let’s take a closer look at Mackay’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 Mackay’s overall crime rate. So, are you curious to learn more about Mackay’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 against the person crime rate in Mackay is 6564 per one hundred thousand inhabitants while the Queensland average rate is 1097. So, one’s chances of becoming a victim of crimes against the person (violent crime) in Mackay is 1 in 14. The crimes against the person included in this analysis are homicide, assault, 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 Mackay, is 1 in 2. This is equal to a rate of 29573 per one hundred thousand residents compared to a rate of 4773 per 100,000 residents for Queensland state. It’s worth mentioning that the property crimes tracked here include arson, fraud, handling stolen goods, unlawful entry, unlawful use of motor vehicles, other theft, and other property damage.

Mackay Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person2636564
Property and deception offences118529573
Other offences111527826

Mackay 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 14

In Mackay

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in Mackay vs QLD in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Mackay vs Queensland

Mackay population: 4007

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 person327156799139
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 Mackay. Here is Mackay 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 Rape7028244755
Other Sexual Offences176477112293
Sexual Offences (Total)2467595169147

Mackay 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 2

In Mackay

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Mackay vs QLD

Against Property offences: Mackay vs Queensland, Australia

Mackay population: 4007

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)701123201174942389
Unlawful Entry128467833194907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle44180921098351
Handling Stolen Goods235153574100
Other Property Damage169373094218724

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 Mackay vs Queensland

Other Offences: Mackay 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 Offences278482176938935
Trespassing and Vagrancy175680424110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)22235054946
Weapons Act Offences4262581048121
Traffic and Related Offences228432535690839

Mackay Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in Mackay vs Queensland

How many murders were in Mackay in 2022?

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

What’s the most common crime in Mackay?

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

What is the crime rate in Mackay?

The overall crime rate in Mackay, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 63963 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 Mackay a safe place to live in?

Mackay 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, Mackay is safer than 2% other suburbs in the state which are considered low safety scores in Queensland.

Is Mackay safe at night?

According to Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, 53% of crimes in Mackay occur between 6 PM and 6 AM so, it’s moderate safety to walk alone in Mackay at night.

Total Crime Stats of Mackay

Offence Divison Offence SubdivisonYear (2021)Year (2022)
Offences Against PropertyArson33
Offences Against the PersonAssault224224
Offences Against the PersonRobbery87
Offences Against the PersonHomicide (Murder)00
Offences Against the PersonOther Homicide00
Offences Against the PersonOther Offences Against the Person1932
Offences Against PropertyFraud119117
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Entry235128
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Use of Motor Vehicle5144
Offences Against PropertyHandling Stolen Goods3823
Offences Against PropertyOther Theft (excl. Unlawful Entry)682701
Offences Against PropertyOther Property Damage168169
Other OffencesDrug Offences371278
Other OffencesGood Order Offences696511
Other OffencesWeapons Act Offences5542
Other OffencesStock Related Offences00
Other OffencesTraffic and Related Offences153228
Other OffencesTrespassing and Vagrancy3317
Other OffencesProstitution Offences00
Other OffencesGaming Racing & Betting Offences01
Other OffencesLiquor (excl. Drunkenness)3222
Other OffencesMiscellaneous Offences2416

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