How to Learn the Crime Rate of a Neighborhood

Find the crime rate in any neighborhood in America before moving to a new residence or opening a new business. Neighborhood crime rates are gathered and published as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by approximately 17,000 law enforcement jurisdictions nationwide. The UCR defines and tracks 8 categories of crimes including forcible rape, robbery, murder, burglary, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, larceny and arson. The information is readily available online and there is no charge for obtaining these statistics.

Instructions

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      Visit the UCR Data Tool Web site. Click "Go to the Data Building Tool" located near the bottom of the page. Click "Agencies, by State."

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      Click "Single agency reported crime" to see one specific jurisdictions' crime rates in multiple crime variables (categories) over multiple years. Alternatively, an option is available to see only 1 variable or to only see 1 year. The second and third options will not provide you with information from 1 single jurisdiction.

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      Click on the state from the drop-down menu under "Choose a state," then select the size of the city population for the jurisdiction you want to see information for in the second drop down box. Click "Next." A list of individual jurisdictions and types of crimes will display on the next page.

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      Click on the individual jurisdiction under section "a. Choose an agency" and click the types of crimes for which you want information under section "b. Choose one or more variable groups" and the years you want to see reported under section "c. Choose years to include." Click "Get Table." Information will be generated on population and individual crimes by year. Crimes are listed first as "Number of Offenses Reported" followed by "Crime rate per 100,000 population" in the table that is generated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Online Web sites such as Neighborhood Scouts, Crime Reports and Relocation Essentials gather information from the UCR and present it to the public in a different format from the UCR data tool as a convenience. Some websites offer a percentage or safety rating based on their own interpretation of the numbers.
  • Family Watchdog offers quick and convenient access to locate registered sex offenders nationwide.
  • Statistics may also be obtained by calling or visiting your local police department.
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