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What are Crime Rates in Indiana?


Unlike many states, both violent and property crimes are on the rise in Indiana, according to data from the FBI’s 2011 Uniform Crime Reports.

The total number of violent crimes grew by 3.1 percent in 2011 - or about 650 incidents. Property crimes increased by 3.4 percent - or nearly 6,800 incidents.

There were 21,626 incidents of violent crime in 2011, including:

  • 312 murders, an increase of 16.4 percent over 2010;
  • 1,757 forcible rapes, a slight decrease of 0.2 percent from the year prior;
  • 6,978 robberies, an increase of 6.4 percent;
  • 12,579 aggravated assaults, an increase of 1.5 percent.

There were 206,055 incidents of property crime, including:

  • 50,551 burglaries, an increase of 4.1 percent;
  • 140,688 incidents of larceny/theft, an increase of 2.5 percent;
  • 14,816 motor vehicle thefts, an increase of 9.7 percent.

Indiana’s rate of violent crime is lower than the national average, while the rate of property crime is higher. The rate of violent crime in 2011 was 331.8 per 100,000 in population, compared to 386.3 nationwide. For property crimes, Indiana’s rate was 3,161.8 per 100,000, compared to just 2,908.7 nationwide.

Most Dangerous Cites

Curious to find out how your city or town stacks up when it comes to crime rates? The chart below shows the number of incidents of common crimes in the state’s 10 largest cities and towns.

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary Motor Vehicle Theft
Indianapolis 833,024 96 435 3,372 15,122 5,257
Fort Wayne 254,987 24 94 310 1,888 380
Evansville 118,029 3 56 154 1,074 231
South Bend 101,685 9 60 406 2,335 324
Hammond 81,243 9 45 184 1,032 484
Bloomington 80,816 4 18 58 601 171
Gary 80,704 30 47 328 2,618 794
Carmel 79,596 1 8 2 69 33
Muncie 70,443 1 42 108 553 179
Lafayette 67,483 3 38 48 635 175

For data on every city and town in Indiana - including yours - use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

About 20 million American homes are protected by home security systems, and for good reason. Among the many benefits:

  • Home security systems provide peace of mind that your family is safe and your home and valuables are protected.
  • Studies have shown that homes with alarm systems are far less likely to be burglarized. Need evidence? Check out this 2009 Rutgers University study or this 1998 study published in a respected journal.
  • 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. They alert emergency officials in the event of a fire.
  • Homeowners with security systems receive a discount on their homeowner’s insurance polices - usually 15 percent to 20 percent.
  • Even if your home is burglarized, the losses will be less with a home security system. Burglars will know they need to get out of the home fast to avoid police. According to the Electronic Security Association, the average loss for a home with an security system is $3,266, compared to $5,343 for homes without one.

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