DeKalb, IL
Crime Rates

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DeKalb, IL 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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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 DeKalb is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 35 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 DeKalb is 1 in 29. Based on FBI crime data, DeKalb is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Illinois, DeKalb has a crime rate that is higher than 92% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

For DeKalb, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in DeKalb is one in 174.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that DeKalb's rate for property crime is 29 per one thousand population. This makes DeKalb 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 DeKalb is one in 35.

DeKalb Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

DeKalb Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

DeKalb 5.75
Illinois 4.04

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 174

in DeKalb

1 in 247

in Illinois


Population: 42,611
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 55 32 158
Rate per 1,000 0.00 1.29 0.75 3.71


Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

DeKalb 28.84
Illinois 19.33

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 35

in DeKalb

1 in 52

in Illinois

DeKalb Property CRIMES

Population: 42,611
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 135 1,051 43
Rate per 1,000 3.17 24.66 1.01

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

DeKalb Crimes Per Square Mile

DeKalb 99
Illinois 33