New lowdown on Gold Coast high-rise crime

A NEW analysis of crime concentration in Gold Coast high-rises shows buildings with mixed tenure residents record more crime compared to short-term tenure buildings.

The report, Risky Facilities, was published this week by the Australian Institute of Criminology in association with Griffith University.

The research focuses on high-rise apartments and touristic buildings on the Gold Coast – specifically Surfers Paradise – and identifies the disproportionate concentration of crimes among a handful of buildings.


It analysed 125 residential properties and found buildings with long-term residents recorded considerably lower amounts of crime than short-term or mixed tenures.

“Overall, buildings with higher levels of place management and guardianship are associated with lower recorded crime counts, although anomalies can be observed,’’ lead author Dr Michael Townsley from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice said.

Read the full report here.