Shelby, NC
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With a crime rate of 47 per one thousand residents, Shelby 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 21. Within North Carolina, more than 86% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Shelby.

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

For Shelby, 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 Shelby is one in 112.

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 Shelby 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 Shelby is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Shelby, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 26, which is a rate of 38 per one thousand population.

Shelby Crime Data

 
Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Shelby Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

181

764

945

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.97

37.84

46.81

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Shelby 8.97
North Carolina 3.47
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 112

in Shelby

1 in 288

in North Carolina
Shelby VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 20,189
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 2 17 * 41 121
Rate per 1,000 0.10 0.84 2.03 5.99
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
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)

Crime
Shelby 37.84
North Carolina 27.50
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in Shelby

1 in 36

in North Carolina
Shelby Property CRIMES
Population: 20,189
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 221 516 27
Rate per 1,000 10.95 25.56 1.34
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

Shelby Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Shelby 45
North Carolina 27