How safe is your suburb

A new interactive tool allows Victorian and New South Wales residents to compare crime rates in their neighbourhood to those of other areas in the state.

The Crime Dashboard, which was launched yesterday, uses crime data from the past decade to enable interested parties to discover the safety of their suburb.

The tool reveals such factors as crimes on the rise, most common crimes and areas with the highest and lowest crime rates.

Users can access the dashboard free of charge to find out about particular crimes in their area. It includes detailed information about more than 100 types of crime happening (or not) in every suburb.

Users can find out if burglaries are on the rise, or whether their car is safe parked in the street. Potential home buyers can see which suburbs or towns are safe for their children or their property.

It will tell you where burglaries occur most, where sexual assault is rife, where drunk and disorderly types roam the streets and where home invasions or homicide are most likely to occur.

To find out more about this tool, as well as interesting state crime statistics, Victorians can head to The Age website, and New South Wales residents can visit The Sydney Morning Herald website.

So, how safe is your suburb? Would you like to see this tool in your state?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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