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How Crime Has Evolved in Perth for Over a Decade

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Over the past decade, Perth’s crime statistics have recorded an increasing number of drug-related cases, particularly methamphetamine. Statistics gathered from the WA Police shows that drug offenses in most police districts have more than doubled from 2008 to 2017. Domestic violence has also become an increasing concern in Perth. Domestic violence incidents have increased by three times over a span of nine years. WA Police believe that the spike in numbers of aggressive home behaviour can be attributed to more victims reporting the incidents. The good news is that the state government is taking necessary steps to address these problems.

The ice epidemic in Perth has eased thanks to the state government’s concentrated efforts of making inroads to halt the growing drug incidents.They also have reformed their policing units in an attempt to provide a much better support system for the victims of domestic violence. The WA police force have established several domestic violence response teams and assigned them to each of the eight police districts to help mitigate the number of domestic violence cases.

In here we’ll take a look at how crime has evolved in Perth as well as other key cities in Western Australia.

Armadale crime evolution

The suburbs of Gosnells, Canningvale, Mundijong Canning Vale, and Armadale are patrolled by the Armadale Police District. The most notable increase in crime over the past decade is the drug-related offenses which rose from 963 in 2011 to a staggering 3,073 in 2016. Along with this huge spike is the number of domestic violence, increasing significantly from 678 in 2010 to 1,941 in 2016.

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Despite the uptrend for these offenses, 2017 saw a decrease of home burglaries, vehicle and motor theft, and non-family assaults compared to 2016.

Cannington crime evolution

The suburbs of Belmont, Kensington, and Cannington are patrolled by the Cannington Police District. The area has experienced an up-and-down trend in home burglary, peaking in 2011 and 2016 before experiencing a significant drop the following year. Domestic violence cases have been on a steady rise during the past decade, starting with 550 in 2008 and peaking in 2016 with 1,426 cases.

The most notable evolution of crime within the area is the amount of drug offenses. In just two years, drug-related incidents have more than doubled. Recorded drug offenses in 2013 were 1,296 and increased by 2,575 in 2015. Assault cases have been on the decline over the years.

Fremantle crime evolution

The suburbs of Murdoch, Palmyra, Cockburn, and Fremantle are patrolled by the Fremantle Police District. During a 5-year span, the amount of drug-related cases have increased by around 150%. In 2011, the amount of drug-related cases 1,050 before spiking to 2,721 in 2016. The following year, it went down to just 2,203. Assault cases have remained steady over the years, with the most peaking in 2008 with around 1,121 recorded incidents.

Home burglaries apparently are on the rise. It dipped down continuously since 2013 but experienced a sudden rise in 2017 with 2,995 cases. Domestic violence cases are on the decline for the past two years.

Joondalup crime evolution

The suburbs of Yanchep, Clarkson, Wanneroo, Warwick, Hillarys, and Joondalup are patrolled by the Joondalup Police District. Home burglaries within the area are on the decline since 2012 as well as the assault cases. The most important thing to note is the massive spike of drug-related incidents which began in 2013 with 1,428 to 4,134 in 2016. The following year, the numbers dropped down to 3,208, hinting that the police district is tightening its efforts in drug control.

Domestic violence cases peaked at 2016 during the last decade, with around 1,890 recorded cases. The good thing is the numbers went down to 1,273 in 2017.

Mandurah crime evolution

The suburbs of Rockingham, Kwinana, Pinjarra, Dwellingup, and Mandurah are patrolled by the Mandurah Police District. From 2009 to 2016, the rate of domestic violence cases have been on the rise. 614 cases were recorded in 2009 and it quadrupled to 2,404 in 2016 before dropping to 2,130 in 2017. Drug offenses were on an upward trend from 2011 all the way up to 2016 while assault cases have remained steady over the past decade.

Home burglary cases peaked in 2015 with 3,219 recorded cases before dropping down to 2,783 in 2017.

Midland crime evolution

The suburbs of Ballajura, Mundaring, Forrestfield, Kiara, Ellenbrook, and Midland are patrolled by the Midland Police District. Domestic violence cases have increased in the area starting from 2008 with a recorded 713 cases and peaked at 2,061 cases in 2016. Non-family assault cases were on the decline from 2010 to 2014 before experiencing a slight increase from 2015 onwards.

Perhaps the most concerning is the number of drug offenses that spiked significantly in a three-year span. Drug-related incidents were highest at 2016 with 2,797 cases, dropping only slightly to 2,608 in 2017.

Mirrabooka crime evolution

The suburbs of Morley, Scarborough, Bayswater, and Mirrabooka are patrolled by the Mirrabooka Police District. Assault cases have been on a downward trend over the last decade, but the rest of the crime statistics suggest that most of the crimes have been on the rise. Drug offenses doubled from 2013 to 2016 while the number of home burglaries have increased in 2017.

Domestic violence incidents peaked during 2016 with 1,802 recorded incidents before decreasing in 2017 with 1,416 cases.

Inner Perth crime evolution

The suburbs of Wembley and Perth are patrolled by the Perth Police District. Drug offenses and assault cases are prevalent within the area. Since 2011, drug-related incidents have tripled from 1,180 to 3,140 in 2016. After experiencing a steady decline, assault cases have risen in 2017 with around 1,723 recorded cases.

Home burglary within the area has been on the decline since 2015 while domestic violence cases have been on an upward trend since 2014.


The numbers show that for most of the districts, home burglaries and drug offenses make up for most of the crimes. What we can take away from the data is that in 2017, most of the crimes have experienced a decline as well. Hopefully with the continued efforts of the state government, the numbers will continue to drop in the near future. If you need security systems for your home or business, contact us at Casa Security today.