According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), Palm Island crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 46720 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 15% decrease from the previous year.

Palm Island Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 1% of most Australia suburbs

Palm Island Crime Map

Palm Island crime map

Is Palm Island Safe?

Palm Island has low safety metrics. Crime rates in Palm Island are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Palm Island is safer than 1% of all Australian suburbs and than 3% of Queensland suburbs. However, assault is a common offence in Palm Island.

Palm Island Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Palm Island 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 Palm Island.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Palm Island
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 997, down 15% from 1167 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Palm Island is in the 3rd percentile for safety, meaning 97% of Queensland suburbs are safer than Palm Island and 3% of suburbs are more dangerous than Palm Island.
  • Street safety to walk at night: moderate safety.
  • Common crime: assault.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 10% (34 Incidents) compared to the previous year..
  • The number of murder offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 100% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of unlawful entry offences recorded in 2022 increased by 24% (20 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 52% (26 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 100% (2 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 decreased by 20% (31 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Palm Island: An In-Depth Analysis

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

In Queensland, only about 97% of suburbs have a lower crime rate than Palm Island. As a result, Palm Island has low scores in public safety metrics.

If you are a resident of Palm Island, your chance of becoming a victim of crime is 1 in 2 (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 Palm Island’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 Palm Island’s overall crime rate. So, are you curious to learn more about Palm Island’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 Palm Island is 14948 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 Palm Island is 1 in 6. 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 Palm Island, is 1 in 5. This is equal to a rate of 15417 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.

Palm Island Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person31914948
Property and deception offences32915417
Other offences34916354

Palm Island 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 6

In Palm Island

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in Palm Island vs QLD in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Palm Island vs Queensland

Palm Island population: 2134

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 person2271561031139
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 Palm Island. Here is Palm Island 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 Rape6282422155
Other Sexual Offences13477140693
Sexual Offences (Total)197595627147

Palm Island 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 5

In Palm Island

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Palm Island vs QLD

Against Property offences: Palm Island vs Queensland, Australia

Palm Island population: 2134

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)7612320135612389
Unlawful Entry103467834827907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle518092234351
Handling Stolen Goods1515347100
Other Property Damage127373095951724

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 Palm Island vs Queensland

Other Offences: Palm Island 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 Offences61482172858935
Trespassing and Vagrancy205680937110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)912350426446
Weapons Act Offences166258750121
Traffic and Related Offences33432531546839

Palm Island Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in Palm Island vs Queensland

How many murders were in Palm Island in 2022?

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

What’s the most common crime in Palm Island?

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

What is the crime rate in Palm Island?

The overall crime rate in Palm Island, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 46720 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 Palm Island a safe place to live in?

Palm Island 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, Palm Island is safer than 3% other suburbs in the state which are considered low safety scores in Queensland.

Is Palm Island safe at night?

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

Total Crime Stats of Palm Island

Offence Divison Offence SubdivisonYear (2021)Year (2022)
Offences Against PropertyArson57
Offences Against the PersonAssault331297
Offences Against the PersonRobbery20
Offences Against the PersonHomicide (Murder)10
Offences Against the PersonOther Homicide00
Offences Against the PersonOther Offences Against the Person3022
Offences Against PropertyFraud910
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Entry83103
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Use of Motor Vehicle55
Offences Against PropertyHandling Stolen Goods81
Offences Against PropertyOther Theft (excl. Unlawful Entry)5076
Offences Against PropertyOther Property Damage158127
Other OffencesDrug Offences7661
Other OffencesGood Order Offences176127
Other OffencesWeapons Act Offences816
Other OffencesStock Related Offences00
Other OffencesTraffic and Related Offences8533
Other OffencesTrespassing and Vagrancy620
Other OffencesProstitution Offences00
Other OffencesGaming Racing & Betting Offences00
Other OffencesLiquor (excl. Drunkenness)12791
Other OffencesMiscellaneous Offences71

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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