How Safe Is My Area?

Did you know?

  • Australia has the 7th highest rate of burglaries in the world
  • 4.3% of Australian households experienced at least 1 break-in (or attempted break-in) during the last 12 months
  • 1 in 10 Aussies (12.4%) have said they have had parcels or packages stolen from their front door

Source: Budget Direct Home burglary survey & statistics 2021

How safe is my area?

Sydney areal view

We all want to live somewhere safe, however no matter the positive reputation of a certain area, no place can ever be totally safe. 


There are suburbs in Sydney that have minimal crime rates and high livability scores – you just have to know where to find them. A great place to start is the​ ​NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research​ (BOCSAR), where you’ll find a crime mapping tool and a professional ‘crime report’ published every three months. Other resources include the​Urban Living Index, which measures the liveability of areas across Sydney, and the​ ​Domain Liveable Sydney 2019 report, which ranks more than 500 suburbs around Sydney based on liveability.

How safe is my suburb?

In addition to the BOSCAR crime results, Budget Direct has recently released a Safe Suburbs Map for 2021. This interactive map covers how safe each suburb is from property crime, covering postcodes within Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Simply input a post code or compare two postcodes.

Liveability scores

If you’re thinking of moving to Sydney or relocating to a safer place, we’ve put together the suburbs you should look at.

The Urban Living Index explores the suburbs that can deal with an increasing population and high-density living. The top 20 Sydney suburbs that scored the highest on the index are:

  1. Crows Nest – Waverton
  2. Surry Hills
  3. Pyrmont – Ultimo
  4. Marrickville
  5. Potts Point – Woolloomooloo
  6. North Sydney – Lavender Bay
  7. Randwick
  8. Chatswood (East) – Artarmon
  9. Leichhardt – Annandale
  10. Neutral Bay – Kirribilli
  11. Hornsby – Waitara
  12. Newtown – Camperdown – Darlington
  13. Parramatta – Rosehill
  14. Darlinghurst
  15. Waterloo – Beaconsfield
  16. Manly – Fairlight
  17. Redfern – Chippendale
  18. Erskineville – Alexandria
  19. Double Bay – Bellevue Hill
  20. Bondi – Tamarama – Bronte

The index measured the affordability, community, employability, amenity and accessibility of 228 suburbs in Sydney, to determine how liveable they are based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As you can see, the most liveable suburbs are definitely close to the Sydney CBD.

A recent study by Domain called ‘Domain Liveable Sydney 2019’ looked at 569 suburbs in Sydney, and they came up with their own top 20 most liveable suburbs:

Milsons Point, Lavender Bay, Sydney CBD, Kirribilli, McMahons Point, Wollstonecraft, Darling Point, Waverton, North Sydney, Edgecliff, Neutral Bay, Woollahra, Jannali, Millers Point, Elizabeth Bay, Paddington, Mosman, Sutherland, Cammeray, and Chatswood.

Reasons For Safety And Liveability

Some suburbs are considered safer and more liveable than others due to a multitude of reasons, including:

  • Local amenities (shops, schools, restaurants, cafés and bars)
  • Arts and cultural facilities (libraries, theatres, museums or art galleries)
  • Good infrastructure
  • Public transport (bus, train, light rail or ferry)
  • Low levels of traffic congestion
  • High employment / access to employment areas
  • Affordable house prices
  • High-density living
  • Solid local economy
  • Working-class residents
  • Close-knit community
  • Accessibility (you can walk to work and go anywhere without a car)
  • Public open space
  • Tree cover
  • Topographic variations
  • Low crime rates
  • Mobile and broadband coverage
  • Harbour and ocean views
  • Parks
  • Close proximity to the Sydney CBD.

Protecting Your Home And Family

Living in one of the safer suburbs of Sydney may keep your property and your loved ones safe, but you can truly ensure their safety and enjoy peace of mind by installing security screens and doors. Contact CommandeX today to get a free measure and quote from one of our dealers and see how they can help you protect your home and family.

Curious to see how Brisbane compares? Read our blog on Top Safest Suburbs in Brisbane.