According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), Mooloolaba crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 7277 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 13% increase from the previous year.

Mooloolaba Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 42% of most Australia suburbs

Mooloolaba Crime Map

Mooloolaba crime map

Is Mooloolaba Safe?

Mooloolaba has moderate safety metrics. Crime rates in Mooloolaba are about average for most suburbs and neighborhoods in Australia. Mooloolaba is safer than 42% of all Australian suburbs and than 32% of Queensland suburbs. However, other theft (excl. unlawful entry) is a common offence in Mooloolaba.

Mooloolaba Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Mooloolaba 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 Mooloolaba.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Mooloolaba
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 595, up 13% from 528 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Mooloolaba is in the 32nd percentile for safety, meaning 68% of Queensland suburbs are safer than Mooloolaba and 32% of suburbs are more dangerous than Mooloolaba.
  • 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 increased by 111% (31 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 11% (16 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 increased by 150% (3 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of unlawful use of motor vehicles (car theft) recorded in 2022 increased by 100% (13 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of vandalism offences (other property damage) recorded in 2022 decreased by 19% (12 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Mooloolaba: An In-Depth Analysis

Based on the latest crime statistics from the Queensland Police Service (QPS), AU Crime Rate’s analysis indicates that Mooloolaba is safer than only 42% of all suburbs across the nation, regardless of population size. This implies that Mooloolaba’s crime rate is about average for most suburbs and neighborhoods in Australia.

How does Mooloolaba perform compared to other suburbs of all population sizes in Queensland? The crime rate in Mooloolaba is greater than that of roughly 68% of other suburbs in Queensland, leading to moderate public safety scores.

As a resident of Mooloolaba, the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is 1 in 20 based on the combined crime rate of offences against the person and property. This is in contrast to the Queensland average, where the chance of becoming a victim of crime is 1 in 16.

To get a more comprehensive understanding of Mooloolaba’s crime statistics, it is essential to take a closer look at its against the person and property crime data. This examination is particularly critical because it enables us to determine whether violent crime, property crime, or both are the primary contributors to the total crime rate in Mooloolaba. By doing so, we can gain a more in-depth insight into the nature and extent of crime in Mooloolaba.

AU Crime Rate’s analysis has uncovered that the rate of crimes against the person in Mooloolaba is 832 per one hundred thousand inhabitants. By contrast, the statewide average for such crimes stands at 1097. This suggests that experiencing serious offences like homicide, assault, robbery and other offences against the person is 1 in 119 if you reside in Mooloolaba.

Our data reveal that the odds of becoming a victim of property crime in Mooloolaba are 1 in 24, with a rate of 3926 incidents per 100,000 residents. Keep in mind that the Queensland average is 4773 incidents per 100,000 residents. The types of property crimes tracked in this analysis include arson, fraud, handling stolen goods, unlawful entry, unlawful use of motor vehicles, other theft, and other property damage.

Mooloolaba Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person68832
Property and deception offences3213926
Other offences2062520

Mooloolaba 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 119

In Mooloolaba

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in Mooloolaba vs QLD in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Mooloolaba vs Queensland

Mooloolaba population: 8176

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 person137156159139
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 Mooloolaba. Here is Sunshine Coast 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 Rape19228245055
Other Sexual Offences36747719993
Sexual Offences (Total)5597595149147

Mooloolaba 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 24

In Mooloolaba

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Mooloolaba vs QLD

Against Property offences: Mooloolaba vs Queensland, Australia

Mooloolaba population: 8176

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)16012320119572389
Unlawful Entry5946783722907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle2618092318351
Handling Stolen Goods5515361100
Other Property Damage5037309612724

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 Mooloolaba vs Queensland

Other Offences: Mooloolaba 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 Offences7548217917935
Trespassing and Vagrancy5568061110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)623507346
Weapons Act Offences116258135121
Traffic and Related Offences6743253819839

Mooloolaba Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in Mooloolaba vs Queensland

How many murders were in Mooloolaba in 2022?

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

What’s the most common crime in Mooloolaba?

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

What is the crime rate in Mooloolaba?

The overall crime rate in Mooloolaba, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 7277 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 Mooloolaba a safe place to live in?

Mooloolaba is safer than 42% of suburbs across Australia and the crime rates are about average for most suburbs and neighborhoods in Australia. Compared to Queensland suburbs, Mooloolaba is safer than 32% other suburbs in the state which are considered moderate safety scores in Queensland.

Is Mooloolaba safe at night?

According to Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, 54% of crimes in Mooloolaba occur between 6 PM and 6 AM so, it’s moderate safety to walk alone in Mooloolaba at night.

Total Crime Stats of Mooloolaba

Offence Divison Offence SubdivisonYear (2021)Year (2022)
Offences Against PropertyArson00
Offences Against the PersonAssault5050
Offences Against the PersonRobbery25
Offences Against the PersonHomicide (Murder)00
Offences Against the PersonOther Homicide00
Offences Against the PersonOther Offences Against the Person813
Offences Against PropertyFraud2421
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Entry2859
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Use of Motor Vehicle1326
Offences Against PropertyHandling Stolen Goods25
Offences Against PropertyOther Theft (excl. Unlawful Entry)144160
Offences Against PropertyOther Property Damage6250
Other OffencesDrug Offences5075
Other OffencesGood Order Offences4441
Other OffencesWeapons Act Offences811
Other OffencesStock Related Offences00
Other OffencesTraffic and Related Offences8467
Other OffencesTrespassing and Vagrancy35
Other OffencesProstitution Offences00
Other OffencesGaming Racing & Betting Offences00
Other OffencesLiquor (excl. Drunkenness)36
Other OffencesMiscellaneous Offences31

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