Decatur, AL
Crime Rates


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Decatur, AL crime analytics

With a crime rate of 46 per one thousand residents, Decatur has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 22. Within Alabama, more than 82% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Decatur.

Importantly, when you compare Decatur to other communities of similar population, then Decatur crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Decatur does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Decatur 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 Decatur.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Decatur 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 Decatur; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 342. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Decatur is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Decatur, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 23, which is a rate of 43 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Decatur 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 Decatur is one in 387.

Decatur Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Decatur Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Decatur 2.93
Alabama 4.72

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 342

in Decatur

1 in 212

in Alabama


Population: 55,345
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 5 17 48 92
Rate per 1,000 0.09 0.31 0.87 1.66


Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Decatur 42.75
Alabama 29.79

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 23

in Decatur

1 in 34

in Alabama

Decatur Property CRIMES

Population: 55,345
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 469 1,754 143
Rate per 1,000 8.47 31.69 2.58

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Decatur Crimes Per Square Mile

Decatur 42
Alabama 15