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What are Crime Rates in Illinois?

The rate of violent crime in Illinois is higher than the national average, while the rate of property crime is slightly lower.

The state’s violent crime rate was 429.3 in 2011, meaning there were that many incidents for every 100,000 people. The national rate was 386.3.

The rate of property crime in Illinois was 2,688.8 in 2011, compared to a rate of 2,908.7 nationwide.

The good news for Illinois residents is that the 2011 violent and property crime rates were lower than the 2010 rates. The rate of violent crime declined 3.5 percent, while the rate of property crime declined 1.1 percent.

Rate of Common Crimes in Illinois

Here are the trends when it comes to specific types of violent crime:

  • The murder rate increased 2.2 percent in 2011. There were 721 murders in 2011, up from 704 in 2010.
  • The rate of forcible rapes increased a whopping 20.7 percent. There were more than 3,000 incidents of rape in 2011, for a rate of 28.8 per 100,000.
  • The robbery rate saw a slight decline of 0.9 percent. There were 20,254 incidents in 2011, compared to 20,236 in 2010.
  • The rate of aggravated assault declined 7.5 percent. There were 30,564 incidents in 2011 - about 2,400 fewer than the year prior.

And for specific property crimes:

  • The burglary rate increased an ever-so-slight 0.1 percent. There were 77,746 burglaries in 2011, about 300 more than in 2010.
  • The rate of larceny/theft decreased 1.5 percent.
  • The rate of motor vehicle theft decreased 0.7 percent.

Illinois Crime Rates by Region

The Chicago Tribune has put together a comprehensive tool to compare crime rates among Illinois communities. Click here to find out how your community compares to others (although the most recent data is for 2009). has also published comprehensive crime data for Illinois cities and towns. Click here for all sorts of useful information, including the rate of violent and property crimes in your community, and how those numbers compare to the state average. Major city highlights include:

  • Not surprisingly, Chicago has a much higher rate of violent and property crime than the national average. Violent crime in 2010 was 148 percent higher than the national average and property crime was 44 percent higher.
  • Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois, had a violent crime rate in 2010 that was nearly 10 percent lower than the national average. The property crime rate was about 27 percent below the national average.
  • In the state’s third largest city, Rockford, violent crime in 2010 was 260 percent higher than the national average, while property crime was 70 percent higher.

Home Security Systems in Illinois

Home security systems go a long way in providing peace of mind that you won’t fall victim to a crime. Purchasing a home security system is one of the best things you can do to protect your family, home and belongings.

Several studies have shown that home security systems greatly decrease the likelihood of a burglary. A Rutgers University study published in 2009 found that a steady decrease in burglaries in Newark, N.J., from 2001 to 2005 was directly linked to an increase in the number of registered home burglar alarms during the same time period. Also, a respected 1998 study published in the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement concluded that the probability of a burglary is virtually nil in homes with burglar alarms.

Home security systems are pretty affordable. Expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $130 per entry point (doors and windows) for a hardwired alarm system with motion detectors. For many homes, this works out to a total cost between $1,000 and $2,000. Monitoring costs usually range from $20 to $50 per month.

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