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What are Crime Rates in New York?


Violent crime in the state of New York increased in 2011, while property crime dipped.

There were 77,265 violent crimes reported to law enforcement in 2011, up from 75,820 in 2010, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

  • 770 murders were reported in 2011, a decline of nearly 100 from 886 in 2010.
  • Incidents of forcible rape totaled 2,755, which is 10 fewer than 2010.
  • There were 28,317 robberies, down from 28,402 in 2010.
  • There were 45,423 assaults, an increase from the 43,787 reported the year prior.

Property crimes in the state totaled 369,468, down from the 374,301 incidents reported to law enforcement in 2010.

  • There was a slight increase in burglaries to 64,884, up from 64,658.
  • Incidents of larceny/theft totaled 285,961 - a decline of more than 3,000 from the prior year.
  • There were 18,623 motor vehicle thefts, down from 20,399.

Crime in New York City

Not surprisingly, more than 40 percent of the crime in New York state occurred in New York City. The population of NYC is more than 8.2 million, which accounts for about 40 percent of New York state’s population of 19. 5 million.

Bucking a longstanding trend, both violent and property crime rates were up in the nation’s most populous city. There were 51,209 violent crimes in 2011, up from 48,489 in 2010. Property crimes totaled 140,457, up from 139,615.

It was the first time in more than a decade that violent crimes increased in NYC, and only the second time in a decade for property crimes.

Interested in more up-to-the-minute data? Click here for a weekly report on NYC crimes.

Crime Outside of New York City

Outside of the city, violent crime was less common. There were 26,056 incidents of violent crime in the rest of the state in 2011, down from 27,331 the year prior.

However, property crimes were more frequent, totaling 229,011.

Interestingly, Buffalo was the only city in the state to make Business Insider’s 2011 list of the 25 Most Dangerous Cities in America. Buffalo, ranked No. 11, had 21 murders for every 100,000 people in 2010 - nearly triple the national average.

Do I Need a Home Security System in New York?

Regardless of crime rates, bad things can happen in any community. If a home security system makes you feel safe, it is probably a wise investment.

Home security systems are surprisingly affordable. Expect to spend about $1,000 to $2,000 to outfit an average-sized home with a hardwired alarm system and motion detectors. Budget an extra $20 to $50 per month for live monitoring.

Still not convinced? Consider that several studies have proven home security systems to greatly reduce the likelihood of a burglary. In some communities, the chances of a break-in are virtually nil when a home is protected by a security system.

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