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What are Crime Rates in Arkansas?

Arkansas crime rates are much higher than the national average, according to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.

The rate of violent crime in 2011 was 480.9 incidents per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 386.3. The rate of property crime was 3,754.1 incidents per 100,000, compared to 2,908.7 nationwide.

Overall incidents of violent crime in Arkansas decreased from 2010 to 2011. As for specific types of violent crimes, some increased while others decreased.

  • There were 162 murders, up from 134 in 2010.
  • Incidents of rape declined 8.2 percent to 1,213.
  • Robbery increased 2.5 percent.
  • Incidents of aggravated assault decreased 5.2 percent.

Incidents of property crime increased over the year. There were 110,295 property crimes in 2011, an increase of 6.2 percent over the prior year.

  • There were 34,471 burglaries, an increase of 6.2 percent.
  • Larceny/theft totaled 70,012, an increase of 6.4 percent.
  • Motor vehicle theft increased 4.5 percent to 5,812.

Crime in Arkansas Cities and Towns

Curious about crime rates in your city or town? The chart below reveals the number of incidents of major crimes in the 10 most populous Arkansas towns.

Notice that the largest towns, despite having the most crime, do not always have the highest crime rates. For example, Pine Bluff has about half the population of Fort Smith, but there were more murders, robberies and burglaries in Pine Bluff.

City Population Murder Rape Robbery Burglary
Little Rock 194,988 37 161 858 4,655
Fort Smitd 86,861 5 63 100 1,110
Fayetteville 74,137 1 47 38 513
Jonesboro 67,772 1 44 81 1,276
Nortd Little Rock 62,775 12 20 216 1,101
Conway 59,354 4 22 82 406
Rogers 56,387 1 38 12 481
Pine Bluff 49,454 12 41 152 1,565
Bentonville 35,568 0 17 1 135
Hot Springs 35,459 2 22 47 589

Now, check out numbers for the same crimes in the five towns with the smallest populations. Not a lot of bad things happen here.

City Population Murder Rape Robbery Burglary
Ravenden 474 0 0 0 1
Rose Bud 486 0 0 0 5
Highfill 587 0 0 0 2
Plainview 613 0 0 0 7
Caddo Valley 640 0 1 1 4

For data on other cities and town in Arkansas, use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Home security systems have been proven to deter criminals. Check of the results of two important studies: a 2009 Rutgers University study or this 1998 study published in a respected journal. Security systems also provide peace of mind.

However, modern security systems offer far more than just burglar protection. They can be used to keep an eye on your children or turn lights on and off remotely. And they alert emergency officials in the event of a fire.

Home security systems are relatively affordable. The average homeowner can expect to pay about $1,000 to $2,000 for a hardwired system (not wireless) with motion detectors. Live monitoring costs start at $20 to $50 per month. Some of that expense will be recouped by the discount on your homeowner’s insurance for having an alarm - usually 15 percent to 20 percent.

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