“Out of control?” – Myths about the Gold Coast crime dispelled

“Crime is out of control on the Gold Coast.”

There certainly has been a lot of reporting about crime on the Gold Coast, but the statistics we compile each year for the Annual Statistical Review show a definite downward trend in most types of crime on the Gold Coast.

The rate (per 100,000 people) of offences against the person dropped by nearly one third from 2001 to 2011, while the rate of offences against property fell by 44 percent in that time.

Overall, the rate of crime on the Gold Coast has fallen by 32 percent in the time from 2001 to 2011.

We can always do better, and we are working hard to further reduce crime rates, but the reality is you are nearly one-third less likely to be the victim of a crime than you were in 2001.



“Armed robberies are increasing.”

Actually, this isn’t correct. Last financial year, there were 118 armed robberies in the Gold Coast police district. Since 1996/97, there have been seven years with more armed robberies than last year. In 2001/02, there were 151 armed robberies, and we only have to look back to 2008/09 to see there were 146 armed robberies.

While we are talking about armed robbery, the majority are not committed using firearms. Knives are always used more often than firearms, but offenders also use screw drivers, syringes, lumps of wood, and even rocks to commit armed robberies.

It is reported that generally, about one third of armed robberies involve firearms or replica firearms.


“Guns are prevalent on the Gold Coast.”

Seems that way, doesn’t it? But again, statistics show that in 2000/01, 1,236 people were charged with weapon possession, compared to 605 people in 2010/11.

The percentage of armed robberies reportedly involving firearms has remained pretty steady in the past 16 years, usually with between a quarter and a third of armed robberies involving a firearm.

We would love to have no illegal firearms on the street, however apart from a small number of very high profile cases, illegal firearms do not appear to be an increasing problem in the Gold Coast police district.


“Bikies are taking over the Gold Coast.”

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) have members and clubhouses throughout the state. The Gold Coast has no particular monopoly on them.

It is a mistake to underestimate their criminality, or to believe the PR spin that they are simply motorcycle enthusiasts who are unfairly targeted by police.

But we have no evidence to support claims that there is any looming ‘bikie war’.

We are well aware of the activities of these groups and their individual members, and do everything in our powers to ensure criminality is curbed, and offenders brought to justice.

This means using all the legislation available to us to makes things as difficult as possible for these groups to do the wrong thing. We liaise closely with law enforcement agencies throughout Australia and internationally to combat OMCGs.

Every interaction our officers have with these groups provides us with more intelligence on their operations. That is why you will see us closely monitoring and policing “poker runs” and other organised events.

“The Gold Coast doesn’t have enough police.”

There isn’t a community in Queensland which wouldn’t like more police, however with finite resources, the Commissioner has to allocate officers according to need.

It isn’t as simple as looking at police to population ratio – some of the districts with the lowest police to population ratio also have the lowest crime rates.

For the past 10 years, the South Eastern Region, including the Gold Coast, has received the lion’s share of police growth.

Rapid population growth throughout Queensland means that the service has many conflicting priorities in deciding where best to place police resources.

It is also worth noting that being so close to Brisbane, the Gold Coast also benefits heavily from statewide resources, such as Taskforce Hydra, which targets OMCGs  and the Armed Robbery Unit.

Superintendent Paul Ziebarth

District Officer

Gold Coast Police District

  • Angela Sunde

    Thank you so much dor dispelling these myths. We’ve shared your information with our Facebook community and hope the local media begins to show more optimism and truth in reporting. Your hard work and professionalism is much appreciated.

  • David Sumner

    It is good to have a truthful and reliable media outlet for community information, keep up the good work.
    Best regards,

  • Brett Pearce

    The QLD Police have always done a fantastic job in our Upper Coomera area since I moved here close to 13 yeras ago from Sydney. The Police have a high presence and we also get to liase with our local police when they hold open days at our childrens school from time to time. I think the QLD Police do a great job dealing with difficult people in difficult circumstances.
    I for one feel alot safer for my family knowing the Police are always only a phonecall away. Great work done by great people. Well done to all the Gold Coast and Brisbane Police.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.poulton Tony Poulton

    doing a good job Guy just need more :)

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Neighbourhood Watch

We have collated the meetings for the year of all areas that provided dates. If you area is not on here or the some information is not recorded please call 55812840 and provide this so we can add it.

Upcoming meetings and events
Broadbeach 4 - Meetings are 2/6/14, 1/9/14 (AGM), 1/12/14 held at 6:30pm at Gold Coast Bowls Club Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters

Broadbeach 5 - Meetings are 7/5/14, 4/6/14, 2/7/14, 6/8/14 (AGM), 3/9/14, 1/10/14, 5/11/14, 3/12/14 held at 6pm at Sweethearts Cafe, Naranga Ave, Florida Gardens

Broadbeach 7 - Meetings are 16/6/14, 17/8/14(AGM), 13/10/14, 8/12/14 at 7pm-8pm Venue to be confirmed.

Broadbeach 15 - Meetings are 2/6/14, 1/9/14, 12/11/14 (AGM), 1/12/14 at 7pm at Nobby's Surf Club.

Broadbeach 20 - Meetings 14/5/14, 13/8/14, 26/11/14 at 6.30pm 34 Saxonvale Tce, Mermaid Beach

Broadbeach 21- Meetings 14/5/14, 11/6/14, 9/7/14, 13/8/14, 10/9/14, 8/10/14, 12/11/14, 10/12/14 at 2pm at Tricare Cypress Gardens Retirement Community (Formal lounge)

Broadbeach 22 - Meetings 25/5/14, 31/8/14, 30/11/14 at 10:30am at Ossie Keegan Park between Launch & Bowline Roads, Mermaid Waters

Broadbeach 24 - Meetings 27/5/14, 26/8/14, 25/11/14 at 7:30pm at Robina Presbyterian Church Hall cnr Cottlesloe & University Drive

Coolangatta 2- Meetings 7/5/14, 6/8/14 (AGM), 5/11/14 at 4pm at Bilinga Surf Life saving Club

Coolangatta 4 - Meetings 19/7/14, 18/10/14 at 2pm at 10 Periwinkle Cres, Tugun

Coolangatta 5 NHW - Meetings 16/6/14, 11/8/14, 13/10/14 at 1:30pm at the Tugun Bowls Club, Christmas Party is scheduled for 12 noon on 8/12/14.

Coolangatta 6 - Meetings 4/7/14, 10/11/14 at 6pm, at Currumbin Community Speciasl School, 5 Hammersford Drive, Currumbin

Coomera 1 NHW - Meeting 21/5/14, 27/8/14, 26/11/14 (AGM) at 7pm at Helensvale Community Centre

Coomera 3 NHW- Meeting 13/5/14, 12/8/14 (AGM), 4/11/14 at 7pm at Oxenford Youth & Community Centre

Coomera 5 NHW- Meeting Tues/Wed last week of May, August, Nov (AGM) at 7pm at Club Helensvale Broadroom

Coomera 7 NHW- Meetings 21/5/14, 27/8/14, 26/11/14 (AGM) at 7pm at Helensvale Library

Coomera 10 NHW - Meetings 27/5/14, 29/7/14, 16/9/14(AGM) , 18/11/14 at Pimpama ARts School 5 Clark Way, Pimpama

Mudgeeraba 1 NHW- Meetings end of each quarter at Springbrook Community Hall

Mudgeeraba 3 NHW- Meetings 2/6/14 venue and time to be confirmed

Mudgeeraba 4 NHW- Meetings June & December at 11:30am at Somerset Park, Mudgeeraba

Mudgeeraba 5 NHW- Meetings 10/6/14, 12/8/14(AGM), 14/10/14, 9/12/14 at 7pm at 7 Staffa Close, Merrimac

Mudgeeraba 6 NHW- Meetings 16/6/14, 4/8/14, 13/10/14 (AGM), 1/12/14 at 7pm at Old Post Office, Railway st, Mudgeeraba

Mudgeeraba 7 NHW- Meetings 5/5/14, 23/6/14, 11/8/14, 29/9/14, 10/11/14, 15/12/14 at 7pm at Green room Good Sheperd Anglican Church Tarrant Drive, Mudgeeraba

Nerang 8 NHW - Meetings 21/5/14, 20/8/14(AGM), 19/11/14 at 5pm at Summerhouse, The Vistas 2089/1 The Vistas Drive

Palm Beach 1 - Meetings 14/5/14 (AGM),13/8/14, 12/11/14 at 6pm at Tallebudgera Tourist Park Recreation room

Palm Beach 7 - Meetings 4/6/14, 6/8/14 (AGM), 8/10/14, 3/12/14 at 7pm at Elanora State High School (library) Avocado St, Elanora

Palm Beach 10- Meetings 19/5/14, 20/7/14 (AGM), 18/8/14, 3/11/14 at 7pm at 88 Cyclades Cres Currumbin

Palm Beach 14- Meetings

Robina 2- Meetings 10/6/14(AGM), 2/9/14, 2/12/14 at 7pm at Varisty Lakes Community Centre Mattocks Road, Varisty Lakes

Runaway Bay 3- Meetings 3/6/14, 2/9/14 9AGM), 2/12/14 at 7:30pm Ray White Offices 445 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay 5,9 & 10 NHW- Meetings are altogether 26/5/14, 25/8/14, 24/11/14 at 7pm at Marj Shipman Hall, 91 Hansford Road, Coombabah

The Gold Coast has a District NHW representative - Allan Howard. Allan has a team of fellow NHW committee members who are passionate about NHW and are available to assist with any current or new NHW groups. If you would like to contact Allan or for any further information in relation to NHW - please phone or email the Gold Coast District Crime Prevention Unit on either 5581 2822 or