Indianapolis, IN 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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 45 per one thousand residents, Indianapolis 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 Indiana, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Indianapolis.

How does the crime rate in Indianapolis compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Indianapolis with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Indianapolis's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

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

For Indianapolis, 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 Indianapolis is one in 114.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Indianapolis experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Indianapolis is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Indianapolis, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 28, which is a rate of 36 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis is one in 161.

Indianapolis Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Indianapolis Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

7,772

31,997

39,769

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.76

36.05

44.80

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
8.76
3.56
National Median: 4
    Indianapolis
    Indiana

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 114

in Indianapolis

1 in 281

in Indiana

Indianapolis VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 887,642
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 216 579 2,168 4,809
Rate per 1,000 0.24 0.65 2.44 5.42

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
36.05
17.75
National Median: 19
    Indianapolis
    Indiana

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 28

in Indianapolis

1 in 56

in Indiana

Indianapolis Property CRIMES

Population: 887,642
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 5,181 21,312 5,504
Rate per 1,000 5.84 24.01 6.20

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Indianapolis Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
108
23
National Median: 26.9
    Indianapolis
    Indiana