Community Safety Factsheet

This fact sheet provides information about Community Safety in the City of Whitehorse.

Safety

Perceptions of Safety were measured in the 2015 VicHealth Indicators Survey.  Respondents were asked to rate how safe they felt when walking alone in their local area during the day and at night.

When walking alone during the day in their local area, 96.3 per cent of persons living in Whitehorse felt safe or very safe, compared to 94.9 per cent in the Inner Metropolitan Region and the Victorian State average of 92.5 per cent.  Males in Whitehorse were more likely to feel safe than females (98.8 per cent vs. 93.9 per cent).

When walking alone at night 56.8 per cent of persons in Whitehorse felt safe or very safe, compared to 64.8 per cent in the Inner Metro Region and the Victorian State average of 55.1 per cent.  Males in Whitehorse were much more likely to feel safe than females (79.5 per cent vs. 36.1 per cent).

Respondents who stated that they were never alone in the particular situation were not asked to give their perception of how safe they felt and were excluded from the calculation of proportions.

Figure 1 Percentage of people who feel safe or very safe when walking along during the day
Figure 1: Percentage of people who feel safe or very safe walking alone during the day
Source: VicHealth Indicators Survey

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Figure 2 Percentage of people who feel safe or very safe when walking alone at night
Figure 2: Percentage of people who feel safe or very safe walking alone at night
Source: VicHealth Indicators Survey

Crime

Crime statistics are produced annually by the Crime Statistics Agency on behalf of Victoria Police.  Summaries of offences are reported per 100,000 of the population to enable comparisons across different areas.  Offences against the person and against property in Whitehorse are lower than the Eastern Metropolitan and State averages.

In Whitehorse there were 640 recorded crimes against the person per 100,000 population in 2019, compared to 732 in the Eastern Metropolitan Region and the Victorian State average of 1,230.

In Whitehorse, there were 3,265 recorded crimes against property per 100,000 population in 2019, compared to 3,216 in the Eastern Metropolitan Region and the Victorian State average of 4,358.

Figure 3 Crime rate
Figure 3: Crime rate
Source: Crime Statistics Agency (2018), Recorded Offences by LGA 2018

Family Violence

Family violence is a significant social, economic and health problem.  Family violence is predominantly perpetrated by men against women; however, it affects people throughout the community regardless of gender, age, sexuality, cultural background and socioeconomic class. Violence against women is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15-44 years, contributing 9 per cent to the total disease burden.

Table 1: Family violence statistics, Eastern Metropolitan Region 2013-14 to 2017-18
  Family incident rate per 100,000 population (July – June)  
LGA 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 % change 2013/14 – 2017/18
Boroondara 372.7 365.7 471.9 453.1 446.4 -1.5%
Knox 936.5 1,026.4 1,099.2 1,004.2 974.4 -3.0%
Manningham 546.3 583.5 637.1 573.4 558.2 -2.7%
Maroondah 879.1 882.8 1,038.5 943.4 864.0 -8.4%
Monash 632.5 659.5 696.9 704.8 633.1 -10.2%
Whitehorse 551.3 614.8 630.8 605.7 610.2 0.7%
Yarra Ranges 900.0 895.8 1,050.8 954.9 1,000.9 4.8%
Victoria 1,116.4 1,192.3 1,285.2 1,242.4 1,176.7 -5.3%

Source: Crime Statistics Agency (2019), Family Violence Data Portal

On average 20.7 incidents of family violence in Whitehorse were reported to police every week throughout 2017/18.  The rate of family violence incidents in Whitehorse per 100,000 of the population was almost half the Victorian State average in 2017/18, at 610.2 and 1,176.7 respectively.

Access to Packaged Liquor

Table 2 presents the per capita rate of packaged liquor outlets (per 100,000 of the population) in the Eastern Metropolitan Region between 2001 and 2016.  The per capita rate of packaged liquor outlets in the City of Whitehorse has fluctuated over the years, resulting in an overall 10.5 per cent increase.  This is the third highest rate increase in the Eastern Region, behind Knox and Manningham which experienced sharp increases in the raw number of outlets in the context of steadily increasing populations (50.3 per cent and 31.7 per cent respectively).
 

Table 2: Outlets per 100,000 residents 2001-2016, Eastern Metropolitan Region
Local Government Area 2001 2006 2011 2016 Change in Rate
Boroondara 29.3 36.5 33.7 29.8 1.7%
Knox 17.6 25.4 26.5 27.0 53.0%
Manningham 18.4 24.7 24.9 24.3 31.7%
Maroondah 23.9 30.7 25.3 25.8 7.9%
Monash 23.3 26.7 25.6 24.6 5.4%
Whitehorse 25.2 23.1 24.8 27.8 10.5%
Yarra Ranges 31.6 37.1 33.7 34.5 9.3%

Source: Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (2017), School of Psychology and Public Health, Packaged Liquor in Victoria: 2001 to 2016

Alcohol Consumption

The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol specify the risks of alcohol related harm by level of alcohol consumption.  Lifetime risk of alcohol-related harm was measured in the 2017 Victorian Population Health Survey.  Lifetime risk attempts to measure the risks associated with developing an illness such as cirrhosis of the liver, cognitive problems, various cancers and alcohol dependence.

Table 3: Proportion of the adult population at risk of alcohol-related injury
Local Government Area Increased lifetime risk Increased risk from a single occasion
Boroondara 66.2 45.0
Knox 60.3 44.9
Manningham 55.4 38.4
Maroondah 62.8 46.7
Monash 45.1 28.6
Whitehorse 55.3 39.1
Yarra Ranges 66.6 49.6
Inner Eastern Melbourne Area 55.2 37.4
Victoria 59.5 43.0

Source: Department of Health and Human Services (2019), Victorian Population Health Survey 2017

Whitehorse has a lower proportion of adults at risk of alcohol-related injury on a single occasion (39.1 per cent) than the Victorian (43.0 per cent) average.  Whitehorse also recorded a lower percentage of adults with an increased lifetime risk of alcohol-related harm (55.3), compared to the Victorian average (59.5).

Car Crash Statistics

Data from VicRoads shows that between 2014 and 2018, there were 1,296 crashes where at least one person was killed or injured in Whitehorse.  Of the 1,296 crashes, 15 people were killed, 349 people were seriously injured and 1,728 people sustained minor injuries.  The overall death rate has fluctuated between 0.6 and 1.8.

Figure 4 Death rate due to road traffic crashes
Figure 4: Death rate due to road traffic crashes
Source: VicRoads, Crashstats database, updated July 2016