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What are Crime Rates in Missouri?

Missouri crime rates are well above the national average, according to 2011 data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.

The rate of violent crime in Missouri was 447.4 incidents per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 331.8 per 100,000. Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

However, overall violent crime in Missouri was down in 2011 from the year prior. Specifically:

  • There were 366 murders in 2011, a decline of 12.9 percent from 2010.
  • Incidents of forcible rape increased 0.9 percent.
  • Aggravated assault declined 3.1 percent.

The rate of property crime in Missouri was 3,308.8 per 100,000 in 2011, compared to a national average of 2,908.7. Property crimes include burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft.

  • There were 44,822 burglaries in 2011, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2010.
  • Theft/larceny was down 1.3 percent.
  • Motor vehicle theft declined 5.1 percent.

Crime in Major Missouri Cities

Statewide data only tells part of the story. Crime statistics vary widely from one city or town to another.

Missouri’s second most populous city, St. Louis, saw the highest crime rates in the state. In fact, St. Louis ranked No. 2 on the Forbes 2012 list of America’s Most Dangerous Cities.

Forbes said: “Lying directly in the path of major drug-trafficking routes, St. Louis has been plagued by murders and other violent crimes for years. The crime rate fell 4 percent last year (2011) - and it's down 50 percent from the crack epidemic days of the early 1990s - but St. Louis still ranked fourth in the nation for murders.”

Below is a chart that compares the number of incidents of common crimes in Missouri’s major cities, including St. Louis:

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Kansas City 461,458 108 265 1,665 6,848
St. Louis 320,454 113 188 2,127 7,015
Springfield 160,078 5 110 286 2,053
Independence 117,255 2 45 110 1,178
Columbia 108,894 2 37 166 798
Lee's Summit 91,696 0 18 30 325
O'Fallon 79,617 0 3 9 135
St. Joseph 77,059 4 21 82 907

For data on every city and town in Missouri - even the smallest towns - use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Not sure if you need a home security system? Here are a few of the many benefits to purchasing one.

  • Peace of mind - You will rest easier knowing that your family is safe and your valuables are protected. Reputable studies have shown that alarms drastically decrease the likelihood of a break-in.
  • Insurance discounts - Most insurance companies offer discounts of 15 percent to 20 percent off your homeowner’s policy if you have a security system.
  • Life safety - The vast majority of home security systems also offer fire and carbon monoxide protection.
  • Advanced features - Modern home security systems do far more than ward off burglars. Use them to keep an eye on your kids while you’re away, or to turn the lights on and off while you’re on vacation.

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