Scottsdale, AZ
Crime Rates

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Scottsdale, AZ crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Scottsdale is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 23 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 Scottsdale is 1 in 43. Based on FBI crime data, Scottsdale is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Arizona, Scottsdale has a crime rate that is higher than 49% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Scottsdale has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Scottsdale is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

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

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Scottsdale'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, rape (not statutory), 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 Scottsdale is one in 631.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Scottsdale's rate for property crime is 22 per one thousand population. This makes Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale is one in 46.

Scottsdale Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 26% of U.S. Cities

Scottsdale Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Scottsdale 1.58
Arizona 5.08

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 631

in Scottsdale

1 in 197

in Arizona


Population: 249,950
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 5 103 100 188
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.41 0.40 0.75


Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Scottsdale 21.88
Arizona 29.15

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 46

in Scottsdale

1 in 34

in Arizona

Scottsdale Property CRIMES

Population: 249,950
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 878 4,346 246
Rate per 1,000 3.51 17.39 0.98

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Scottsdale Crimes Per Square Mile

Scottsdale 32
Arizona 32