Crime in South Australia is managed by the South Australia Police (SAPOL), various state and federal courts in the criminal justice system and the state Department for Correctional Services, which administers the prisons and remand centre.

Crime statistics for all categories of offence in the state are provided on the SAPOL website, in the form of rolling 12-month totals.[1] Crime statistics from the 2017–18 national ABS Crime Victimisation Survey show that between the years 2008–09 and 2017–18, the rate of victimisation in South Australia declined for assault and most household crime types.[2]

In 2013 Adelaide was ranked as the safest capital city in the country.[3]

Crime statistics

In 2013, the city was ranked the safest in the country with the lowest rate of crime per population.[3][4] As of June 2018, crime rates across the state had continued to decrease.[2]

Notable crimes

Judicial system

In addition to the various federal courts, justice is administered by the Supreme Court of South Australia, the District Court, the Magistrates Court and the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


The Department for Correctional Services (DCS) runs the prison service, in South Australia, except for the Adelaide Remand Centre, which is privately managed by Serco,[5][6] and Mount Gambier Prison, which is run by G4S.[7]


See also


  1. ^ SAPOL crime statistics
  2. ^ a b "4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2017-18: South Australia". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Adelaide's nation's safest city, according to Suncorp study". Adelaide Now. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Affordable, less traffic, low crime rates, vibrant cultural life ... that's Adelaide". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Adelaide Remand Centre". Department for Correctional Services. 1 January 2003. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Full Prison Management". Serco. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Mount Gambier Prison". Department for Correctional Services. 1 January 2003. Retrieved 8 July 2020.

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