Lake Wales, FL
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Lake Wales, FL crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 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 Lake Wales is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 36 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 Lake Wales is 1 in 28. Based on FBI crime data, Lake Wales is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Florida, Lake Wales has a crime rate that is higher than 71% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Lake Wales to other communities of similar population, then Lake Wales crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Lake Wales 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 Lake Wales 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 Lake Wales.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Lake Wales 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 Lake Wales; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 398. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Lake Wales's rate for property crime is 34 per one thousand population. This makes Lake Wales 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 Lake Wales is one in 30.

Lake Wales Crime Data

 

Crime Index

14

(100 is safest)


Safer than 14% of U.S. Cities

Lake Wales Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

39

522

561

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.51

33.59

36.10

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Lake Wales 2.51
Florida 4.62

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 398

in Lake Wales

1 in 217

in Florida

Lake Wales VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 15,541
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 1 12 25
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.06 0.77 1.61

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

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)

Crime
Lake Wales 33.59
Florida 28.13

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 30

in Lake Wales

1 in 36

in Florida

Lake Wales Property CRIMES

Population: 15,541
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 132 363 27
Rate per 1,000 8.49 23.36 1.74

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

Lake Wales Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Lake Wales 28
Florida 64