Crime in Adelaide

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Crime in the city of Adelaide, South Australia has decreased significantly since the 2000s and is controlled by the South Australia Police (SAPOL) and the South Australia court system. Adelaide has developed a reluctant reputation over the years as Australia's "crime capital",[1][2] despite it being a relatively small city. Perhaps one of Australia's most notorious and well known serial killing cases, the Snowtown murders, occurred primarily on the outskirts of Adelaide in the low socio-economic areas of Salisbury and Elizabeth. This, as well as a series of unsolved murder cases in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, known as The Family Murders led to one UK documentary dubbing Adelaide the "murder capital of Australia".[3] Various highly publicised kidnappings have occurred in the city, notably the unsolved Beaumont children disappearance on Australia Day in 1966.

In 2013, the city was ranked the safest in the country with the lowest rate of crime per population.[4] In 2012, crime rates in the city fell and have decreased even further since then.[5][6] Crime in the northern suburbs, however, continues to be a problem.[7]

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  1. ^ "Is Adelaide our cruellest city". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Killing Adelaide's murder myth". The Advertiser. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Adelaide: "world murder capital"". ABC Online. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Adelaide ranked Australia's safest city". Study Adelaide. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Adelaide's nation's safest city, according to Suncorp study". Adelaide Now. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Affordable, less traffic, low crime rates, vibrant cultural life ... that's Adelaide". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Salisbury - Crime Mapper 2008-2012". Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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