The locations of Perth’s top crime locations have been revealed in a new website.
The interactive site Perth Crime Stats maps crimes during the past decade, from graffiti to homicides, according to suburb and using data from the WA Police Crime Statistics.
While a WA Police spokeswoman cautioned that many factors contribute to the prevalence of crime, Armadale, Gosnells and Fremantle appear to have some of the higher numbers on the site alongside Northbridge, Rockingham, and Canning vale.
The Perth CBD was excluded from the list.
Murdoch University criminologist Professor Guy Hall said some suburbs have a significantly higher crime rate because people don’t have the resources to protect themselves or because they are on travel routes.
“Suburbs where offenders live are poorer suburbs,” Prof Guy Hall said.
“They have suitable targets because other people do not have the resources to protect themselves (for example security screens and alarms)”.
“The poor suburbs tend to be more dysfunctional and have lower resources to cope with crime, they do not have suitable guardians.”
The site lists more than 18 crimes, including drug offences, sexual offences, and family assaults.
According to Perth Crime Stats, Armadale ranked number one for 10 of the 18 crimes in the past decade.
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The City of Armadale did not respond to questions about the statistics, but it states on its website that is implementing strategies, such as CCTV and security schemes, to curb crime in the area.
The City of Armadale’s Security Incentive Scheme offers rebates up to $200 to help with purchasing and installing security devices on homes.
“This Scheme aims to support Armadale residents to take an active role to improve the level of security within and around their property,” the city of Armadale website says.
WA Police declined to comment on the statistics but information on their website urged all individuals to “be aware and make small changes to how you look after your valuable belongings and your home.”