Where Do Most Violent Crimes Occur in Arizona?

violent crimesCrime rates in different parts of the US are studied meticulously to determine which areas are safest and which ones pose danger. How do Arizona cities rank when compared to the rest of the country? Here’s what the latest violent crime statistics point to.

Phoenix: A Dangerous Place?

Data for 2017 shows that the number of dangerous crimes in the US has gone down. In Arizona, however, the statistics aren’t as optimistic.

Arizona’s largest cities show an increase in the number of murders, property and violent crimes. Violent crime is comprised of four categories – murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, robbery, forcible rape and aggravated assault.

Across the US, the violent crime rate was estimated at 392.9 offenses per 100,000 residents. The reduction is 0.9 percent on an annual basis, FBI reports suggest. Property crimes occurred at a frequency of 2,362 cases per 100,000 residents (a reduction of 3.6 percent on an annual basis).

In Phoenix, however, violent crime had been on the rise in 2017. The rate of violent crimes increased from 674 per 100,000 residents in 2016 to 761 per 100,000 residents in 2017. This is nearly double the national violent crime rate.

Over the year, Phoenix witnessed 157 murders, up from 146 one year prior. Aggravated assaults went up 55 percent from 2015 to 2017. As per official reports, some of this massive increase can be attributed to the way in which the definition of aggravated assault has changed in Arizona.

Property crimes in Phoenix remain steady over the years – there were 3,671 property crimes per 100,000 residents in 2017. The number is more or less similar to the statistical reports for the previous five years.

Tolleson: The Most Dangerous City in Arizona

Violent crime reports, however, suggest that a relatively small city in Arizona could be the most dangerous place in the state.

Tolleson has a total population of 7,289 people. The number of violent crimes per 100,000 people in Tolleson, however, is 932. When it comes to property crimes, Tolleson tops the list in Arizona with 10,605 property crimes per 100,000 people!

As per 2017 statistics, there were five forcible rapes per 100,000 in Tolleson, 30 per 100,000 robberies, 33 per 100,000 assaults, 250 per 100,000 burglaries453 per 100,000 thefts, 70 per 100,000 auto thefts and three per 100,000 arsons.

Other Dangerous Cities in Arizona

Several other cities in Arizona are characterized by abnormally high violent crime and property crime indices.

Holbrook has a violent crime rate of 866 per 100,000 residents and a property crime rate of 5,022 per 100,000. This means that in 2017, the residents of the relatively small town had a one in 115 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime.

Tucson, Arizona, is another city in the state recognized for a relatively high crime rate.

The violent crime rate in Tucson is 801 per 100,000 people and the property crime rate is 5,251 per 1000,000. The second biggest city in Arizona has crime rates that are going down gradually but local law enforcement has been criticized for progress that isn’t fast and consistent enough.

Since the 1990s, violent crime has been going down across the US. Arizona is far from an exception. Expert reports suggest that large cities are typically characterized by fairly high crime rates. In addition, there’s a massive difference from one part of the city to another. Just like other US cities, Tucson and Phoenix are both characterized by safe and somewhat dangerous areas.

If you want to find out more, you can check for local information about crime. The city of Phoenix, for example, maintains neighborhood statistics and there are also crime maps shedding more light on the current situation.

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