With a crime rate for both violent and property crime combined of 13 per 1,000 residents, the crime rate in Melrose is one of the lower rates in America among communities of all sizes (lower than 69% of America's communities). One's chance of becoming a victim of crime in Melrose is one in 76. Compared to communities within Massachusetts, Melrose‘s crime rate is lower than nearly 68% of the state's cities and towns. It is for these reasons that Melrose is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A.
Compared to other communities of similar population size, Melrose has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Melrose 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 Melrose 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 Melrose.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Melrose's violent crime rate is 2 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, forcible (not statutory) rape, and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Melrose is one in 580.
NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Melrose is below average to all cities and towns in the nation. This means that you are less likely to become a victim of arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or burglary in Melrose than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 88.