Whether you’re looking to buy your next investment property, new home or even apply for a new rental, it’s important to suss out how safe the area is as part of your suburb research.
Is Melbourne a safe place to live?
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Safe Cities Index 2021 Melbourne is the 8th place (up from 10th place last year) safest city in the world.
Melbourne ranked 8th place for the world’s digital security, 4th for health security, joint 15th with Madrid for infrastructure security, 18th for personal security, and 25th for environmental security.
But the results aren’t that surprising, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic and continuous lockdowns and economic strife — after all, Melbourne also ranked highly among the world’s most liveable cities and also the best city in the world to work from home.
The top 5 Melbourne regions (% of suburbs that are lower than average risk) are the outer east (29%), north east (23%), north west (14%), south east (14%) and the west (7%).
But where are the safest suburbs in Melbourne specifically?
Here we’ve broken it down.
10 Melbourne suburbs with the lowest crime rates
Using the most recent Crime Statistics Agency data and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, Canstar has been able to come up with a list of the 10 Melbourne suburbs where there were fewer than 2 criminal incidents per 100 residents between April 2018 and March 2019.
Criminal incidents mean any crimes against the person (such as assault and robbery), property and deception offences (such as property damage and theft), drug offences, and public order and security offences (such as disorderly conduct and public nuisance).
According to Canstar’s analysis, Melbourne’s The Patch had the lowest number of recorded criminal incidents by population for that period. But to be fair – The Patch only has around 1,072 residents.
Interestingly, aside from Black Rock and Beaumaris, which are south of Melbourne’s CBD, all of the ‘safe suburbs’ identified by Canstar were in Melbourne’s east.
They are also relatively low-population suburbs when compared to more central areas.
Here are the top 10 safest suburbs in Melbourne
1. The Patch (3792)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.03
The Patch is a very small suburb of Melbourne, located 39km east of the CBD in the Shire of Yarra Ranges, and consists only of houses, a community hall, a general store, a primary school, several commercial nurseries and a tennis court.
According to Domain data, the suburb has a population of around 1,072 residents, mainly older couples and families giving an average age of 40-59, and around 90% of properties are owner-occupied.
2. Park Orchards (3114)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.33
Park Orchards is a green leafy suburb around 23km northeast of Melbourne’s CBD with around 3,829 residents, most of whom are families.
It’s a desirable suburb, not only for its low crime rate but also for the expansive parklands and schools.
And this shows in the property prices also – Park Orchards’ median house price is an impressive $1.8 million and consists of 97% owner-occupiers.
3. Ferny Creek (3786)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.38
Located around 33km south-east of the CBD in the Shire of Yarra Ranges is Ferny Creek with a 1,506 population of mostly 40-59 year old couples and families and 92% owner-occupiers.
Known for its peaceful parks and recreation areas, the suburb has a reputation as a sanctuary away from regular day-to-day city life.
4. Selby (3159)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.47
Another Melbourne suburb dominated by older couples are families, aged around 40-59, the small, safe and secure suburb of Selby is 37km east of the CBD also in the Shire of the Yarra Ranges.
Its small 1,643 population are mostly owner-occupiers (94%) of the local properties which have a median $825,000 price tag.
5. Kallista (3791)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.53
Kallista is another small Yarra Ranges suburb around 36km southeast of the CBD.
The suburb, along with others in close vicinity, is known for being leafy and secluded with a wealth of heritage and luxury houses and gardens.
Its $980,000 median price tag for property has attracted attention mainly from older couples and families looking for a retreat away from bustling city life.
6. Warrandyte (3113)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.74
Warrandyte is a high demand property market with a $1.385 median price tag and a population mostly consisting of older couples and families.
Located 24 km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD the quiet and safe outer Melbourne suburb of Warrandyte is situated on the Yarra River and is enveloped by bushland.
It has a population of 5,502 and a median age of 43 years old.
7. Montmorency (3094)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.74
Around 18km northeast of the CBD, Montmorency is well known for being one of the city’s best value suburbs which offers the perfect combination of lifestyle and affordability.
Montmorency topped the list of 100 suburbs across Victoria last year where the criteria for buying a home was ‘lifestyle under a million dollars’.
According to realestate.com.au, the median property price for houses in Montmorency is $962,000 for houses and $755,000 for units.
Based on five years of sales, Montmorency has seen a compound growth rate of 5.1% for houses and 4.9% for units.
8. Donvale (3111)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.86
Donvale is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km east of Melbourne’s CBD with a decent 12,347 population.
It’s a safe and quiet suburb with sought after tree-lined streets, very impressive sports and recreation facilities as well as excellent schools and access to public transport.
The median property price sits at $1,415,500 for houses and $775,000 for units, giving a compound growth rate of 5.5% and 4.6% respectively.
9. Sassafras (3787)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.88
A little further out – 43km from the CBD – the picturesque village of Sassafras on the bushy and scenic Dandenong Ranges has a small 1,075 population of mostly 40-59 year olds.
The median property price is $807,500 but tight supply and a high-demand market mean there is little other data available.
10. Black Rock, Beaumaris (3193)
Incidents per 100 residents: 1.94
Black Rock and Beaumaris, both in the city’s affluent Bayside area 18km south of the CBD, are famous for having some of the city’s best beaches, excellent schools and high-quality local facilities.
Unsurprisingly, property prices sit at the higher end of the scale.
Median house prices in the Black Rock and Beaumaris area are $1.83 million to $2.21 million, and around $1.07 million to $1.04 million for units.