Crime Statistics

Guide for the Crime Mapping Tool

For an online demonstration on how to use the Crime Mapping Tool, see our YouTube tutorial. Alternatively, below are some written instructions and tips on how to use the Crime Mapping Tool.

Choose the offence or sub-offence you are interested in from the options on the left hand side navigation menu. You can only choose one offence at a time. By clicking on the offence, the radio button will be activated and the offence title will be greyed. When you select an offence, the map will display the rate per 100,000 residential population of that crime type.

Where an offence can further be split into sub offences, a small blue triangle within a square icon will be visible, indicating that you can drill down on this offence.

To see information for a specific geographical area (e.g. suburb/postcode/Local Government Area (LGA)), type the region into the textbox towards the top left of the screen above the map. Either click the magnifying glass icon or hit enter on your keyboard to take you to that region. Alternatively, you can select regions by navigating on the map, clicking the regions you are interested in. You can only view one type of geography at a time (e.g. only postcodes, only suburbs, only LGAs). If you try to choose a mix of geography types (e.g. two postcodes and then a suburb) a message will display advising that your earlier selections will be cleared. If you wish to view LGA information, the data for all LGAs will be provided in the table. You can select up to 10 suburbs or postcodes at any one time and the data for your selected regions will be displayed in the table and graphs. The selected areas will also be indicated on the map.

To select more than 2 years of data (which is set as the default for this application), use the drop down menu directly above the map next to the region text box. The data will always end with the most recent month and year available.

Use the timeslider bar on the top navigation menu to view maps in 12 monthly periods based on the number of years you selected.

If you want to see the data used to create the map, click the 'Table' button on the top navigation menu.

If you want to see the data in a graphical format, click the 'Graph' button on the top navigation menu.

'Advanced Options' allow for more complex information to be returned. Once - Advanced Options' is selected, you are presented with a choice of three counting units - incidents (the default), victims and offenders. After you have made your selection (only one is permitted at a time), other possible options are given. For example, if, in 'Advanced Options' you select 'Incidents' you can then choose to further refine your search by selecting the time of the week (e.g. weekend or weekday, the time of day (e.g. night or day), the premises type (e.g. school, hospital, licensed premises etc), alcohol or non alcohol related, and domestic or non domestic violence related.

Victim and offender information (e.g. age and gender) is available using the 'Advanced Options' (located below the offence selection).

Alcohol or non alcohol related incidents for selected offences (such as domestic and non domestic assault, murder, sexual offences, offensive language and conduct) can be selected within the 'Advanced Options'.

Domestic and non domestic violence related incidents for selected offences (such as assault, murder, sexual offences, harassment, abduction/kidnapping) can be selected within the 'Advanced Options'.

If you choose a selection for which data is unavailable (such as selecting the alcohol or domestic violence flag for an offence where the flag does not apply), an error message will advise you to change your selection.

A summary of your selection is provided in the title on the map, data table and graphs.

To deselect regions, click the selected region once more on the map, table or graph. To deselect an offence, you only need to choose another offence and the map/table/graph will automatically update.

The Bureau provides updated crime data (incidents, victim and offender information) to this tool every three months, usually in April, June, September and December. Please note that the tool displays and operates slightly differently in different internet browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer). As such, to ensure you are receiving the most recent crime data available please clear your browsing history before running your data queries. Please note however, that clearing your browing history will also clear bookmarks you may have saved within the application.

If the application does not return any data in your table, please clear your browsing history and try again. If this does not correct the issue, please contact us for assistance (email or phone +61 2 8346 1100)

This application works with Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer version 8 or above. We recommend the Google Chrome internet browser for best results. If you currently have Internet Explorer 7 or lower and wish to use this application, please upgrade your browser to version 8 or above. We do not guarantee the tool's performance on browsers other than the three mentioned.

Rate maps are based on populations provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). There are some regions (mostly suburbs) which the ABS do not have population data for and thus this tool cannot accurately report rates (indicated by different colour shadings on the maps) for some regions. As such, the rate maps are intended as a guide only.

Rates are calculated using population data provided by ABS. While the ABS has population data for Local Government Areas and postal areas (similar to postcodes) for all years available in this application, population data for suburbs is only available from 2001 onward. As such, no rates or rate maps can be provided for suburbs prior to 2001.

For best results when printing the maps, please ensure that you set the page layout to 'landscape' orientation (rather than 'portrait'). If your page orientation is set to portrait, only a small part of the map displayed on your screen will print out. If you wish to print your map along with hover bubble text pop ups and boundaries, the best way to do this is to use the 'Print Screen' key on your keyboard (usually located on the top right region of the your keyboard). Then copy that 'Print Screen' shot into another document (e.g. paint (if you wish to edit) or word).

If you have any questions or require assistance in using this application, or have feedback for how we can improve this application, please email or phone +61 2 8346 1100.