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Do You Live In A Sydney Crime Hotspot?

When choosing where we live, there are numerous factors to consider, such as affordability, access to universities and jobs, and the quality of cafe culture. 

However, one aspect that often goes overlooked is the level of crime in a particular suburb. 

On today’s episode of This Arvo In Sydney, LiSTNR journalist Madeline Palmer talked to Dr Bridget Mottram from Domestic Violence New South Wales to find out whether certain areas are more prone to crime than others.

According to the New South Wales Bureau of Crime and Research, there were over 43,000 drug charges laid in the year leading up to March 2023, equating to a rate of approximately 542 people per 100,000. 

When comparing the East and West regions of Sydney, Blacktown recorded over 1,500 drug charges, with a rate of about 389 charges per 100,000. 

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Canterbury-Bankstown experienced a yearly increase of 3.2 per cent in drug charges over the past decade, while Liverpool saw a staggering 9.3 per cent increase yearly.

the eastern suburbs of Sydney are generally wealthier suburbs, which means that we see more financial abuse and victim-survivors trapped in violence situations due to having absolutely zero access to money,”

Dr Bridget Mottram said.

The most concerning trends are sexual and domestic assaults, and these offences remained stable in the inner west, Campbelltown, Parramatta and Penrith.

It’s really difficult to tell whether the increase in reports is due to an increase in the prevalence of violence or an increase in victim survivors feeling safe to report, and we know that at least some of that increase in the data is the latter.”

Hosted by Sacha Barbour, This Arvo in Sydney is a 10 to 12 minute daily news podcast made just for Sydney! Listen now on the Listnr app.