According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), South Gladstone crime rate for the year ending June 2022 was 12845 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 1% decrease from the previous year.

South Gladstone Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 22% of most Australia suburbs

South Gladstone Crime Map

South Gladstone crime map

Is South Gladstone Safe?

South Gladstone has low safety metrics. Crime rates in South Gladstone are quite a bit higher than average regarding to most Australian suburbs. South Gladstone is safer than 22% of all Australian suburbs and than 16% of Queensland suburbs. However, drug offences is a common offence in South Gladstone.

South Gladstone Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in South Gladstone 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 South Gladstone.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across South Gladstone
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded in the year 2022 was 447, down 1% from 453 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • South Gladstone is in the 16th percentile for safety, meaning 84% of Queensland suburbs are safer than South Gladstone and 16% of suburbs are more dangerous than South Gladstone.
  • Street safety to walk at night: moderate safety.
  • Common crime: drug offences.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 increased by 55% (22 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 decreased by 18% (7 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences (excl. Unlawful Entry) recorded in 2022 increased by 7% (4 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 67% (2 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of unlawful use of motor vehicles (car theft) recorded in 2022 decreased by 17% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of vandalism offences (other property damage) recorded in 2022 decreased by 27% (11 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in South Gladstone: An In-Depth Analysis

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of recent crime data from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) reveals that South Gladstone’s crime rate is quite a bit higher than average regarding to most Australian suburbs, as it is ranked safer than only 22% of suburbs across the country, irrespective of population size.

Approximately 84% of Queensland suburbs have a lower crime rate compared to South Gladstone. Therefore, South Gladstone’s public safety metrics are generally considered low.

How risky is that? Living in South Gladstone comes with a statistical risk of 1 in 14 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 South Gladstone’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 South Gladstone.

AU Crime Rate’s analysis of South Gladstone crime statistics shows that there are 2241 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 South Gladstone are 1 in 44.

Our analysis indicates that if you reside in South Gladstone, 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 22, equivalent to a rate of 4310 per 100,000 residents. As a reference, the property crime rate for every 100,000 residents in Queensland is 4773.

South Gladstone Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Crimes against the person782241
Property and deception offences1504310
Other offences2196293

South Gladstone 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 44

In South Gladstone

1 in 90

In Queensland

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

Violent crimes against the person in South Gladstone vs QLD in Australia

Crimes Against the Person: South Gladstone vs Queensland

South Gladstone population: 3480

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 person147156402139
Homicide (Murder)04500.87
Other Homicide166291.3

It’s important to note that the crime rates for sexual offences are not included in the previously mentioned data for South Gladstone. Here is Gladstone 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 Rape4828247355
Other Sexual Offences93477114293
Sexual Offences (Total)1417595215147

South Gladstone 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 22

In South Gladstone

1 in 20

In Queensland

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in South Gladstone vs QLD

Against Property offences: South Gladstone vs Queensland, Australia

South Gladstone population: 3480

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)6412320118392389
Unlawful Entry3246783920907
Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle518092144351
Handling Stolen Goods3515386100
Other Property Damage3037309862724

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 South Gladstone vs Queensland

Other Offences: South Gladstone 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 Offences103482172960935
Trespassing and Vagrancy85680230110
Liquor (excl. Drunkenness)02350046
Weapons Act Offences146258402121
Traffic and Related Offences41432531178839

South Gladstone Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in South Gladstone vs Queensland

How many murders were in South Gladstone in 2022?

According to Queensland Police Service (QPS), there were 0 murders in South Gladstone in 2022. The number of other homicides (which includes attempted murder, murder conspiracy, and manslaughter) was 1.

What’s the most common crime in South Gladstone?

According to the latest available data from Queensland Police Service (QPS), the most common type of crime in South Gladstone is drug offences.

What is the crime rate in South Gladstone?

The overall crime rate in South Gladstone, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 12845 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 South Gladstone a safe place to live in?

South Gladstone is safer than 22% of suburbs across Australia and the crime rates are quite a bit higher than average regarding to most Australian suburbs. Compared to Queensland suburbs, South Gladstone is safer than 16% other suburbs in the state which are considered low safety scores in Queensland.

Is South Gladstone safe at night?

According to Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, 45% of crimes in South Gladstone occur between 6 PM and 6 AM so, it’s moderate safety to walk alone in South Gladstone at night.

Total Crime Stats of South Gladstone

Offence Divison Offence SubdivisonYear (2021)Year (2022)
Offences Against PropertyArson20
Offences Against the PersonAssault4062
Offences Against the PersonRobbery31
Offences Against the PersonHomicide (Murder)00
Offences Against the PersonOther Homicide01
Offences Against the PersonOther Offences Against the Person1114
Offences Against PropertyFraud1316
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Entry3932
Offences Against PropertyUnlawful Use of Motor Vehicle65
Offences Against PropertyHandling Stolen Goods43
Offences Against PropertyOther Theft (excl. Unlawful Entry)6064
Offences Against PropertyOther Property Damage4130
Other OffencesDrug Offences118103
Other OffencesGood Order Offences5745
Other OffencesWeapons Act Offences714
Other OffencesStock Related Offences00
Other OffencesTraffic and Related Offences4041
Other OffencesTrespassing and Vagrancy58
Other OffencesProstitution Offences00
Other OffencesGaming Racing & Betting Offences00
Other OffencesLiquor (excl. Drunkenness)00
Other OffencesMiscellaneous Offences78

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