Camden and Crime

Many residents in the town of Camden, in Sydney’s south west, are enraged that Muslims are supposedly “invading” their rural community, bringing with them all sorts of criminal behaviours and social pathologies.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported:

The proposed Islamic school for Camden has outraged thousands of residents, some of whom say it would bring violence to the suburb and turn it into a “dirty looking town like Lakemba”.

And they are going to extraordinary lengths to prevent their little town turning into Lakemba. The Sun Herald reports today that:

Property industry sources and concerned residents said agents at Wednesday night’s meeting debated the issue of selling homes to Muslim families wanting to relocate to the area.

Some residents are even attempting to enlist the help of God:

A large wooden crucifix had been erected at the school’s proposed site, accompanied by a Bible passage that reads: “David and Goliath. The battle is won. This is the King of Kings Land. Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. (Eph 6:18).”

Reading some of the comments by Camden residents, one might come to the conclusion that it is some sort of idyllic country town facing a horde of Muslims bringing violence and other crimes. It’s more like the Siege of the Vanilla Slice than the Siege of Vienna but residents seem to be taking it very seriously indeed.

One resident complains of what he calls “premature Muslimism”, another of “certain ethnic denominations and the violence they bring”.

Still another claims she “won’t be walking the streets after 7pm”.

And, yes, she has bought deadlocks for her house. Phew

Well, we hate to deal in ugly stereotypes — we’ll leave that to some of the residents of Camden — but it seems that the good folk of Camden have some social problems of their own.

We compared crime statistics for lovely, rural Camden with the City of Canterbury (home to the “dirty looking town of Lakemba” and high numbers of Muslims) and we’re sorry to report that Camden beats Canterbury when it comes to particular offences. Notably breaching apprehended violence orders (usually meant to stop wife beating), domestic violence, theft, sexual assault, indecent assault, dealing in amphetamines and ecstasy, trespass, break and enter, shoplifting, harassment, blackmail and extortion, threatening behaviour, private nuisance, weapons offences, offensive language, offensive conduct, alcohol offences, dangerous driving, driving with unroadworthy cars, arson and, of course, offences related to the production and/or consumption of illegal pornography.

Here’s the complete comparison [pdf] based on statistics from the NSW government.

Now, let’s face it, the sorts of Muslims who are likely to move their families to the country in order for their children to attend an Islamic school are, it must be said, unlikely to be the same sort of people who would be engaging in sexual assault, ecstasy dealing, arson and the production of pornography. So when Hayley, a Camden Advertiser reader, says that, “this Islamic school will change the town forever”, she’s probably right.


#1 Yakoub on 11.12.07 at 5:46 am

Sounds like a classic example of the white middle classes pointing a finger outward at imagined demons (“the other”), when their imaginings actually refer to the evils/fears within themselves and their own communities. Tick the box next to evidence for Zia Sardar’s Western racism thesis, Bruce!

#2 null on 11.12.07 at 11:11 am

Camden sounds rather horrid to be honest. The more I hear about this place, the less I like it.

I agree with the rednecks for once, albeit for different reasons: STAY AWAY MUSLIMS!

#3 T Cell on 11.12.07 at 12:51 pm

the residents of camden appear to be slobbering sexually depraved violent micro-cephalics who exist purely because my tax dollars fund their resort lifestyles.

We have to ask, what sort of thing are they told in their places of worship that causes them to become these sexual predators?

excellent work amir for uncovering this sub-species of potential sex offenders

#4 Senada on 11.13.07 at 12:08 am

I think we could all benefit from some extra education in history… how about inviting Camden residents to see new documentary film “Muslims in Australia” ( )
and then they might change perceptions… just idea…

#5 Sam on 11.13.07 at 12:14 am

This should be sent to all the media.

#6 Vrijheid! on 11.13.07 at 12:11 pm

I wonder why so many Muslims are going rural… I was in Bairnsdale few months back and was surpised to find a large Ali baba kebab restaurant on the main street with a poster saying “We sell Halal meat”, and I think there’s a Mosque in Mildura also..

#7 Noor Hammad on 11.13.07 at 1:39 pm

Excellent piece of work Austrolabe.

Noor Hammad

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#9 james on 11.19.07 at 9:31 am

Maybe the muslims are going to Camden to help clean the place up? Oops, wrong talking point. Never mind, sorry, been spending too much time blogging about the U.S. election. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

#10 Sam Ward on 11.20.07 at 8:30 pm

I wonder why so many Muslims are going rural… I was in Bairnsdale few months back and was surpised to find a large Ali baba kebab restaurant on the main street with a poster saying “We sell Halal meat”, and I think there’s a Mosque in Mildura also..

In a lot of cases, many beef or lamb-producing areas have overseas workers who are Muslims working in Halal abattoirs. Export of Halal meat is big business and as far as I know it has to be slaughtered by a muslim to be considered Halal? (Correct me if I’m wrong).

This is the case in the town near hometown (Katanning, Western Australia), where there is now a significant population of Muslims (predominantly from Christmas Island, but also from elsewhere), and a largeMosque which is the most distinctive building in otherwise typical small country town.

Here’s a picture:

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#14 Loma Silsbury on 05.29.08 at 3:26 pm

Absolutely typical – the people of Camden have probably got it right . . . for all the wrong reasons.

We are striving to be a melting pot society, where all cultures are assimilated into a single gestalt which preserves the very best each has to offer. Thus, we do need to actively discourage the formation of ghettos of any persuasion.

These reported ravings are an embarrassment to all Australians.

#15 antish on 05.30.08 at 1:42 am

Vrijheid, the rural route is traditional for new immigrant groups. There would be very few Australian towns that didn’t have a Chinese (or Vietnamese) restaurant and a Greek fish & chippery or greengrocer.

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