Bedford, MA
Crime Rates


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Bedford, MA 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

If you are looking for a community that has low crime, you need look no further than Bedford. With an annual crime rate of only 5 per one thousand people, the chance of becoming a victim of crime here is just 1 in 221. These crime statistics put Bedford in the elite group of the safest communities in both Massachusetts and in the nation as a whole.

Additionally, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Bedford, and we found that the crime rate in Bedford is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Bedford is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.

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

For Bedford, NeighborhoodScout found that the violent crime rate is well below the national average for all communities of all population sizes. Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Bedford than in most of America. One's chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 1771, which is a violent crime rate of 1 per one thousand inhabitants.

Furthermore, our research shows that motor vehicle theft, arson, burglary, and larceny are not very common in Bedford compared to most US cities and towns. In fact, the rate of these property crimes in Bedford is just 4 per one thousand people, far below the national average. Based on this rate, Bedford is one of the safer communities in America with regard to incidences of property crime.

Bedford Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 93% of U.S. Cities

Bedford Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Bedford 0.56
Massachusetts 3.91

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 1,771

in Bedford

1 in 256

in Massachusetts


Population: 14,171
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 0 3 5
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.00 0.21 0.35


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)

Bedford 3.95
Massachusetts 16.91

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 253

in Bedford

1 in 59

in Massachusetts

Bedford Property CRIMES

Population: 14,171
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 15 38 3
Rate per 1,000 1.06 2.68 0.21

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

Bedford Crimes Per Square Mile

Bedford 5
Massachusetts 27

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