New Bedford, MA
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New Bedford, MA 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

The crime rate in New Bedford is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 39 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 New Bedford is 1 in 25. Based on FBI crime data, New Bedford is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Massachusetts, New Bedford has a crime rate that is higher than 98% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

For New Bedford, 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 New Bedford is one in 116.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that New Bedford's rate for property crime is 31 per one thousand population. This makes New Bedford 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 New Bedford is one in 32.

Importantly, we found that New Bedford 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 New Bedford is one in 344.

New Bedford Crime Data

 

Crime Index

11

(100 is safest)


Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

New Bedford Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

820

2,928

3,748

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.63

30.81

39.44

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
New Bedford 8.63
Massachusetts 3.77

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 116

in New Bedford

1 in 265

in Massachusetts

New Bedford VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 95,032
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 3 31 238 548
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.33 2.50 5.77

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
New Bedford 30.81
Massachusetts 15.61

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 32

in New Bedford

1 in 64

in Massachusetts

New Bedford Property CRIMES

Population: 95,032
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 615 2,037 276
Rate per 1,000 6.47 21.43 2.90

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

New Bedford Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
New Bedford 185
Massachusetts 25