South Bend, IN
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South Bend, 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 2016 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2017 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2017 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

With a crime rate of 61 per one thousand residents, South Bend 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 16. Within Indiana, more than 100% of the communities have a lower crime rate than South Bend. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found South Bend to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 101,735, South Bend has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether South Bend does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as South Bend.

Now let us turn to take a look at how South Bend 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 South Bend.

For South Bend, 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 South Bend is one in 98.

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 South Bend 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 South Bend is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In South Bend, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 20, which is a rate of 51 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that South Bend 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 South Bend is one in 179.

South Bend Crime Data

 

Crime Index

3

(100 is safest)


Safer than 3% of U.S. Cities

South Bend Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,038

5,174

6,212

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

10.20

50.86

61.06

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
South Bend 10.20
Indiana 4.05

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 98

in South Bend

1 in 247

in Indiana

South Bend VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 101,735
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 14 70 388 566
Rate per 1,000 0.14 0.69 3.81 5.56

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,250 130,603 332,198 803,007
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.40 1.03 2.49


Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
South Bend 50.86
Indiana 25.89

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 20

in South Bend

1 in 39

in Indiana

South Bend Property CRIMES

Population: 101,735
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,241 3,365 568
Rate per 1,000 12.20 33.08 5.58

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,515,096 5,638,455 765,484
Rate per 1,000 4.69 17.45 2.37

South Bend Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
South Bend 148
Indiana 31