Rockingham has more car thefts than any other Perth suburb, Gosnells residents are the most likely to have their homes burgled and there are more assaults in Armadale than any other suburb, an investigation by The Weekend West has revealed.
But while pockets in the metropolitan area continue to be blighted by high crime rates, it is central Perth that continues to top the overall figures.
The number of assaults, burglaries, robberies, graffiti offences and vehicle thefts were examined over 360 suburbs between June 2012 and May 2013.
The results came as no surprise to Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan, who said suburbs that featured heavily in all areas were well known hotspots for crime.
He said suburbs including Armadale, Mandurah, Rockingham and Balga would likely continue to rank highly in similar lists for years to come because systemic social issues in those areas could not be solved overnight.
High profile operations such as Carombola in Armadale and the newly launched Esteem in the Peel area had police "hunt" for criminals but could only realistically deliver a "partial impact" on crime rates.
"The drivers are actually out of the hands of police … obviously detection and prosecution are a deterrent and that's where we come in but deterrents are only a small portion of the puzzle," Mr O'Callaghan said. "A lot of the prevention stuff is well outside our hands.
"People are concerned about what they can see … what they don't worry about so much is why are these things happening and where should we best place our resources."
Armadale was ranked second in the robbery, home burglary, assault and total crime categories.
In the year to May, 1153 crimes were recorded in the south-east metropolitan district with more than one-third of those being assaults.
The assaults WA Police figures made public include domestic assaults, of which Armadale has one of the highest rates in the State.
Armadale mayor Henry Zelones said police were there to be reactive and a co-ordinated approach from other government agencies and community groups was needed to help prevent crime.
"The bottom line is we need to do more than just have police clean up the mess because what we want to do is not have the mess in the first place," he said.
In Rockingham, mayor Barry Sammels said he did not think the suburb was any worse than any other area in the metropolitan region.
He said its high crime rate could be attributed to the number of people attracted to the constantly growing and changing area.
Crime Research Centre Associate Professor David Indermaur agreed with the Commissioner, suggesting disenfranchised and marginalised groups who had a lack of social inclusion were more likely to commit and enter a cycle of crime.
"If we have the agencies like the Department of Health and the Department of Communities working closely together we can try to amplify and accelerate the benefit of policing by drawing in these agencies and helping disadvantaged young people," he said.
Surprises included 55 cars stolen from Perth Airport, seven burglaries on Rottnest and no graffiti in Cottesloe.
At Rockingham PCYC, a dozen young men are welding their lives back together. Five days a week from 9am to 3pm they are discovering there is more to life than crime.Weld For Life has won countless awards for its work teaching youths that society has
discarded that they can turn their lives around.
The 13-week program with BHP Billiton, Challenger Institute of Technology, the Education Department and PCYC has taught more than 130 boys since 2009.
Participants obtain a certificate 1 in Welding and a certificate 1 in Wider Opporunities for work.Jim Thompson, from Challenger, said most students left the program at less risk of reoffending, so it was a great benefit to the boys and society.