According to South Australia Police (SAPOL), Gawler crime rate for the year ending December 2022 was 5091 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 0% increase from the previous year.

Gawler Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 57% of most Australia cities

Gawler Crime Map

Gawler crime map

Is Gawler Safe?

Gawler has moderate safety metrics. Crime rates in Gawler are near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia. Gawler is safer than 57% of all Australian communities and than 26% of South Australia cities and towns. However, Theft from shop is a common offence in Gawler.

Gawler Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Gawler 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 Gawler.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Gawler
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded by South Australia Police in the year 2022 was 1454, up 0% from 1448 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Gawler is in the 26th percentile for safety, meaning 74% of South Australia urban areas are safer than Gawler and 26% of urban areas are more dangerous than Gawler.
  • Common crime: Theft from shop.
  • Safest suburb in Gawler town: Kalbeeba suburb.
  • Top areas to avoid in Gawler town (bad areas): Gawler (SA) suburb.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 increased by 1% (3 Incidents) compared to the previous year..
  • There were no homicide offences recorded during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • The number of burglary offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 11% (12 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of theft offences recorded in 2022 increased by 22% (129 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of robbery offences recorded in 2022 increased by 400% (3 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of motor vehicle thefts recorded in 2022 decreased by 23% (13 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of vandalism offences (Property damage) recorded in 2022 decreased by 25% (94 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Gawler: An In-Depth Analysis

According to AU Crime Rate’s analysis of the latest crime statistics from the South Australia Police (SAPOL), Gawler town is ranked safer than 57% of the cities and towns across Australia, regardless of population size. That means that Gawler crime rate is near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia.

In South Australia, only about 74% of communities have a lower crime rate than Gawler. As a result, Gawler has moderate scores in public safety metrics.

If you are a resident of Gawler town, your chance of becoming a victim of crime is 1 in 19 (based on the total crime rate of crimes against the person and property combined) while the South Australia average is 1 in 16.

Let’s take a closer look at Gawler’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 Gawler’s overall crime rate. So, are you curious to learn more about Gawler’s crime data and what they reveal about the community’s safety and security? Let’s dive in!

AU Crime Rate’s analysis reveals that against the person crime rate in Gawler is 1029 per one hundred thousand inhabitants while the South Australia average rate is 1218. So, one’s chances of becoming a victim of crimes against the person in Gawler is 1 in 96. The crimes against the person included in this analysis are homicide, acts intended to cause injury, 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 Gawler is 1 in 24. This is equal to a rate of 4061 per one hundred thousand residents compared to a rate of 4816 per 100000 residents for South Australia state. It’s worth mentioning that the property crimes tracked here include theft, fraud, property damage, and serious criminal trespass.

Gawler Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Offences against the person2941029
Property and deception offences11604061

Note: The only crime data that SAPOL presents is Property and person crimes. So you shouldn’t compare the crime rates of suburbs or urban areas with any other areas in another state in Australia.

Gawler 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:

  1. “Acts Intended to Cause Injury” is a legal category that includes different types of crimes where someone intentionally tries to harm another person. There are subcategories within this, including:
    • Assault Police: When someone intentionally attacks a police officer while they’re doing their job.
    • Common Assault: This involves deliberately using force or threats to make someone fear they’ll be hurt. It doesn’t necessarily result in serious injuries.
    • Serious Assault Resulting in Injury: This is when someone intentionally harms another person, causing them significant injuries.
    • Serious Assault Not Resulting in Injury: Even if serious harm doesn’t happen, if someone tries to cause it intentionally, it can still be a crime.
  2. Homicide and Related offences: These are categories of crimes related to taking someone’s life:
    • Murder: This is the most serious type of crime where someone intentionally kills another person.
    • Other Homicide and Related offences: This category includes various other crimes connected to causing death. These might involve different levels of intent or circumstances, like manslaughter or offences related to causing death through negligence or recklessness.
  3. Robbery and related offences: These are the categories of crimes related to robbery:
    • Non-Aggravated Robbery: This is a type of theft where someone takes property from another person using force or threats, but it doesn’t involve additional serious factors.
    • Blackmail and Extortion: These offences involve forcing someone to give you money or property by using threats or information against them. Blackmail is when you threaten to reveal embarrassing or damaging information, while extortion includes broader threats of harm or force.
    • Aggravated Robbery: This is a more severe form of robbery. It happens when someone uses weapons or inflicts serious harm or injury during the robbery. These factors make the crime even more serious and result in harsher penalties.

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Crime Against the Person

1 in 96

In Gawler

1 in 81

In South Australia

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

Violent crimes against the person in Gawler vs South Australia

Crimes Against the Person: Gawler vs South Australia

Gawler population: 28563

South Australia population: 1777698

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsSA Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)SA Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Acts intended to cause injury (Assault)271196519491105
Abduction, harassment and other offences1419424
Blackmail and extortion29375
Other offences against the person813342875

Here is a breakdown of the major Crimes against the person

CrimesNo, of offencesRate
Common Assault67235
Serious Assault resulting in injury42147
Serious Assault not resulting in injury137480

Note:  The data on sexual assault and related crimes is only available for the entire state of South Australia and not broken down by specific suburbs or urban areas. We have provided state-level statistics for your reference.

CrimesSA offences countSA rate (per 100,000 residents)
Aggravated sexual assault129473
Non-aggravated sexual assault43524
Non-assaultive sexual offences39422
Total Sexual assault and related offences2123119

Gawler Offences Against Property

These are crimes related to stealing or damaging property or deceiving someone for personal gain. Property crimes include:

  1. Property damage and environmental offences: These are categories of crimes related to damaging property and environmental violations:
    • Other Property Damage and Environmental: This is a broad category covering various offences related to damaging property or breaking environmental rules. It includes different types of related crimes not mentioned elsewhere.
    • Graffiti: Graffiti involves illegally drawing or writing on buildings or walls without permission, which damages property and is against the law.
    • Property Damage by Fire or Explosion (Arson): Arson is when someone intentionally sets fire to property, causing damage or destruction. This category focuses on property damage caused specifically by fire or explosions, often with criminal intent.
  2. Serious criminal trespass: These categories are related to serious criminal trespass, commonly referred to as burglary, and other unlawful entries with different intents:
    • Other Unlawful Entry with Intent: This covers various unauthorized entries into different places where the purpose may not fit into the categories below.
    • Unlawful Entry – Non-Residence: This is when someone breaks into a non-residential place, like a store or office, with the intention to commit a crime, like theft or vandalism. It’s not about homes.
    • Unlawful Entry – Residence: This is about unlawfully entering someone’s home with criminal intent, like to steal or harm. It’s specifically about intrusions into houses.
  3. 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.
  4.  Fraud, Deception, and Related offences: These are categories of crimes related to fraud and deception in South Australia:
    • Other Fraud, Deception, and Related offences: This covers various types of fraudulent and deceptive activities that don’t fit into specific subcategories. It’s a broad category.
    • Obtain Benefit by Deception: This offence involves deceiving someone to gain an advantage or benefit that you aren’t entitled to. It means obtaining something unfairly through trickery or dishonesty.

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of Offences Against Property

1 in 24

In Gawler

1 in 20

In South Australia

Offences Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Gawler town vs SA

Against Property offences: Gawler vs South Australia

Gawler population: 28563

South Australia population: 1777698

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsSA Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (per 100,000 residents)SA Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Theft and related offences7078578424751640
Serious criminal trespass (burglary)9812477343702
Fraud, deception and related offences674391235247
Property damage and environmental2882099710081181

Here is a breakdown of Gawler crime rate and offences count for the major property and deception offences.

CrimesNo, of offencesRate
Theft/Illegal use of motor vehicle44154
Theft from motor vehicle74259
Theft from shop249872
Property damage by fire or explosion (Arson)1760
Unlawful entry - Residence39137
Unlawful entry - Non Residence2277

Gawler Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square KM in Gawler vs SA in Australia

How many murders in Gawler town in 2022?

According to South Australia Police (SAPOL), there were 0 murders in Gawler in 2022. The number of homicides (which includes murders and other related offences) was 0.

What’s the most common crime in Gawler town?

According to the latest available data from South Australia Police (SAPOL), the most common type of crime in Gawler is Theft from shop.

What is the crime rate in Gawler town?

The overall crime rate in Gawler town, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 5091 in the year ending December 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 Gawler town a safe place to live in?

Gawler town is safer than 57% of cities and towns across Australia and the crime rates are near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in Australia. Compared to South Australia cities and towns, Gawler town is safer than 26% of other communities in the state which are considered moderate safety scores in South Australia.

What suburb has the highest crime rate in Gawler town?

Gawler (SA) is the suburb with the highest rate of reported criminal incidents in Gawler town with a rate of 45675 incidents per 100,000 population, according to BOCSAR 2022 data. Gawler (SA) is safer than only 2% of Gawler town suburbs.

What is the safest suburb in Gawler town?

Kalbeeba is the safest suburb in Gawler town with a rate of 491 incidents per 100,000 population as per the BOCSAR report. Kalbeeba is safer than 85% of Gawler town suburbs.

However, it’s important to note that low crime rates do not necessarily guarantee safety, and that crime can occur anywhere. Hence, it’s essential always to stay vigilant and take appropriate safety measures.

Gawler Crime Rate by Suburb

Gawler suburbsTotal crimes in 2021Total crime rate in 2021Total crimes in 2022Total crime rate in 2022
Angle Vale31076622927217Angle Vale
Gawler East12221411442528Gawler (SA)
Evanston Park14233481232900Gawler (SA)
Willaston14541821664788Gawler (SA)
Hewett732474431457Gawler (SA)
Gawler South19072521395305Gawler (SA)
Evanston241937427510696Gawler (SA)
Evanston Gardens8736911144837Gawler (SA)
Gawler Belt121210222218Gawler (SA)
Gawler West616199747520Gawler (SA)
Evanston South354575324183Gawler (SA)
Gawler3214871030145675Gawler (SA)
Reid8186092093Gawler (SA)
Kalbeeba614742491Gawler (SA)
Buchfelde52604105208Gawler (SA)
Goolwa Beach512282401790Goolwa
Hindmarsh Island221199472561Goolwa
Goolwa North151148211607Goolwa
Goolwa South464457141357Goolwa
New Town36278412928Kadina
Wallaroo Mines143465122970Kadina
Matta Flat5595255952Kadina
Brownlow Ki3126131261Kingscote
Kingston Se191404171256Kingston SE
Rosetown7416763571Kingston SE
Pinks Beach1120500Kingston SE
Port Mannum4170972991Mannum
Moonta Bay471776582191Moonta
Port Hughes172603172603Moonta
North Moonta6977193094Moonta
Cross Roads164131923Moonta
Mount Barker55730465242866Mount Barker (SA)
Littlehampton541630421268Mount Barker (SA)
Blakiston410502525Mount Barker (SA)
Totness23244682627660Mount Barker (SA)
Mount Gambier1494582815155910Mount Gambier
Worrolong14107412921Mount Gambier
Suttontown101449182609Mount Gambier
Murray Bridge1322879712918591Murray Bridge
Murray Bridge East393239362990Murray Bridge
Riverglades121397111281Murray Bridge
Northern Heights72303165263Murray Bridge
Mobilong00228571Murray Bridge
Port Augusta144722518186729054Port Augusta
Port Augusta West5661390784320713Port Augusta
Stirling North672405983518Port Augusta
Davenport553594810266667Port Augusta
Port Lincoln1225847212668755Port Lincoln
Port Pirie South21355071864809Port Pirie
Risdon Park19450212496444Port Pirie
Port Pirie West17266801827068Port Pirie
Risdon Park South693083703128Port Pirie
Solomontown94856112911749Port Pirie
Port Pirie1518988116497619Port Pirie
Encounter Bay5094347886Victor Harbor
Victor Harbor19844042154782Victor Harbor
Port Elliot401789522326Victor Harbor
Hayborough673013693103Victor Harbor
Mccracken351684361732Victor Harbor
Chiton123051152Victor Harbor
North Beach15223291339Wallaroo
Whyalla Stuart9491462993114352Whyalla
Whyalla Norrie7231148587513900Whyalla
Whyalla Playford16163541485841Whyalla
Whyalla Jenkins422133623149Whyalla

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.


  • South Australia Police (SAPOL)
  • South Australia Government Data Directory

Greater Capital City Statistical Area

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