According to Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL), Esperance crime rate for the year ending December 2022 was 50313 incidents per 100,000 population. This represents a 24% increase from the previous year.

Esperance Crime Index

3

(100 is safest)

Safer than 3% of most Australia suburbs

Esperance Crime Map

Esperance crime map

Is Esperance Safe?

Esperance has low safety metrics. Crime rates in Esperance are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Esperance is safer than 3% of all Australian suburbs and than 12% of Western Australia suburbs. However, stealing is a common offence in Esperance.

Esperance Crime Statistics at a Glance

Has Crime in Esperance 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 Esperance.

60-month trend of criminal incidents across Esperance
  • The number of criminal incidents recorded by Western Australia Police Force in the year 2022 was 1046, up 24% from 846 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
  • Esperance is in the 12nd percentile for safety, meaning 88% of Western Australia suburbs are safer than Esperance and 12% of suburbs are more dangerous than Esperance.
  • Common crime: stealing.
  • The number of assault offences recorded in 2022 increased by 44% (24 Incidents) compared to the previous year..
  • The number of sexual offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 78% (21 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of homicide offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 100% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of burglary offences recorded in 2022 increased by 30% (8 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of stealing offences recorded in 2022 increased by 3% (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 motor vehicle thefts recorded in 2022 decreased by 17% (1 Incidents) compared to the previous year.
  • The number of property damage offences recorded in 2022 decreased by 37% (30 Incidents) compared to the previous year.

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Crime in Esperance: An In-Depth Analysis

AU Crime Rate analyzed crime data from the Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL) and found that crime rates in Esperance are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. In fact, it is considered safer than about 3% of suburbs in the country across all population sizes.

The crime rates in Esperance are higher than approximately 88% of other suburbs in Western Australia. Consequently, the suburb has low scores for public safety.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime if you live here? It’s 1 in 6 based on the combined crime rate of offences against the person and property while the risk of becoming a victim of crime in Western Australia is at 1 in 13.

Discovering the full picture of Esperance’s crime statistics is crucial, and delving into the details of its against the person and property crime data is the key. By doing so, we can uncover which type of crime is more prevalent, whether it be violent or property-related, and gain a deeper understanding of the crime rate in Esperance. So join us on this exploration, as we uncover the nature and extent of crime in this community.

Esperance crime rate for crimes against the person is 4666 per 100,000 inhabitants, whereas the Western Australia average rate is 2158. This meant that the likelihood of becoming a victim of such crimes in Esperance was 1 in 20. The crimes against persons included in this analysis are homicide, assault, sexual offences, robbery, deprivation of liberty, and threatening behaviour.

According to our data, the likelihood of an individual becoming a victim of property crime in Esperance is 1 in 9, with a rate of 10245 incidents per 100,000 inhabitants. It is important to note that the average rate of property crime in Western Australia is 4822 incidents per 100,000 residents. The property crimes included in this analysis consist of stealing, stealing of motor vehicles, burglary, arson, and property damage.

Esperance Crime Rates by Offences Division

DivisionNumber of CrimesCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)
Offences against the person974666
Offences against Property21310245
Other Offences73635402
Total104650313

Esperance Crimes Against the Person

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:

  • Assault and related offences: There are different types of assault, like serious assault, which is when someone causes severe 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.
  • Deprivation of Liberty: This offence typically involves unlawfully detaining or confining another person against their will. The essence of this offence is the intentional restriction of a person’s freedom of movement without lawful excuse or their consent.
  • Threatening behaviour: This represents harassing or threatening someone based on their race, skin colour, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability, in what’s known as hate crimes. It also includes insulting someone, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking.

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

1 in 20

In Esperance

1 in 45

In Western Australia

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

Crimes Against the Person: Esperance vs Western Australia

Esperance population: 2079

Western Australia population: 2660026

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsWA Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)WA Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Homicide08503
Assault784075837521532
Sexual offences66342289238
Robbery115074857
Deprivation of Liberty025209
Threatening Behaviour128463577318

Esperance Against Property offences

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

  • Stealing: 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.
  • Burglary (unlawful entry): 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.
  • Arson: Arson is a criminal act of intentionally setting fire to a property, building, or forest (bushfire)  without lawful or justifiable reason.
  • 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 Against Property offences

1 in 9

In Esperance

1 in 20

In Western Australia

Crimes Against Property Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Property offences in Esperance vs WA

Against Property offences: Esperance vs Western Australia

Esperance population: 2079

Western Australia population: 2660026

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsWA Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)WA Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Stealing1227201158682707
Stealing of Motor Vehicles56391241240
Burglary/Break and enter35220511684829
Arson0956036
Property Damage512685624531010

Other Offences

The category of other offences encompasses a range of unlawful activities such as drug-related violations, graffiti vandalism, various forms of fraud and related deceptive practices, as well as contraventions of Violence Restraining Orders. These offences, while distinct in nature, all fall under the broader umbrella of criminal activities that are subject to legal penalties.

Other Offences Comparison (Per 100,000 Residents)

Rate of Other offences in Esperance vs WA

Other Offences: Esperance vs Western Australia

CrimesTotal Criminal IncidentsWA Total Criminal IncidentsCrime Rate (Per 100,000 Residents)WA Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents)
Drug Offences47206512261776
Graffiti3201714476
Fraud & Related Offences843122940401174
Breach of Violence Restraint Order79125563800472

Esperance Crimes per Square KM

Crimes per square km in Esperance vs WA

How many murders in Esperance in 2022?

According to Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL), there were 0 homicides in Esperance in 2022. It’s important to note that this figure includes all homicides, not just murders.

What’s the most common crime in Esperance?

According to the latest available data from Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL), the most common type of crime in Esperance is stealing.

What is the crime rate in Esperance?

The overall crime rate in Esperance, as measured by the number of reported offences per 100,000 population was 50313 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 Esperance a safe place to live in?

Esperance is safer than 3% of suburbs across Australia and the crime rates are considerably higher than the average across most suburbs in Australia. Compared to Western Australia suburbs, Esperance is safer than 12% of other suburbs in the state which are considered low safety scores in Western Australia.

Total Crime Stats of Esperance

DivisionSubdivisionYear (2021)Year (2022)
Against The PersonHomicide10
Against The PersonSexual Offences276
Against The PersonAssault (Family)2736
Against The PersonAssault (Non-Family)2742
Against The PersonThreatening Behaviour (Family)38
Against The PersonThreatening Behaviour (Non-Family)64
Against The PersonDeprivation of Liberty00
Against The PersonRobbery31
Aganst PropertyDwelling Burglary2021
Aganst PropertyNon-Dwelling Burglary714
Aganst PropertyStealing of Motor Vehicle65
Aganst PropertyStealing118122
Aganst PropertyProperty Damage8151
Aganst PropertyArson10
Other OffencesDrug Offences4847
Other OffencesGraffiti23
Other OffencesFraud & Related Offences2784
Other OffencesBreach of Violence Restraint Order1979

Note: This article doesn’t have detailed data for family violence, victims, female offenders, reoffending, stalking, and youth crime. For more information about these topics, check our resources page.

References

  • Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL)
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census QuickStats for all persons

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