We are moving to Munno Para West next year. My wife's family have lived in Smithfield Plains, Andrews Farm and various areas around there for 40 years. They all laugh when people mention crime. But then they are from East London originally.
I don't think any of them have been afected by serious crime, ie: Serious assault, mugging ect. but then i have my suspicions after meeting them, that they are a bit notorious themselves! TIC.
We live in Harold Hill in Essex, and when we tell people they say, "it's a bit rough around there". But it's not. It just has that that reputation. I do think people like to imagine that certain areas are much worse than their own to give themselves and where they live a better social rating. The same people who make these comments usually have no first hand experience themselves. Quoting news paper articals is also the same thing, as jornalist's are more guilty than most for exaggerating the truth, and stats are often misguiding.