The crime rate in Waukegan is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 29 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Waukegan is 1 in 34. Based on FBI crime data, Waukegan is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Illinois, Waukegan has a crime rate that is higher than 83% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.
However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Waukegan has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Waukegan is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Waukegan does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Waukegan.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Waukegan occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Waukegan; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 283. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.
NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Waukegan's rate for property crime is 26 per one thousand population. This makes Waukegan a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Waukegan is one in 39.
Importantly, we found that Waukegan has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Waukegan is one in 389.