Oswego, NY
Crime Rates


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Oswego, NY crime analytics

With a crime rate of 42 per one thousand residents, Oswego 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 24. Within New York, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Oswego.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Oswego occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Oswego; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 220. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Oswego is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Oswego, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 27, which is a rate of 37 per one thousand population.

Oswego Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 10% of U.S. Cities

Oswego Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Oswego 4.55
New York State 3.80
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 220

in Oswego

1 in 263

in New York State
Population: 17,787
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 30 11 40
Rate per 1,000 0.00 1.69 0.62 2.25
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)

Oswego 37.11
New York State 16.04
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 27

in Oswego

1 in 62

in New York State
Oswego Property CRIMES
Population: 17,787
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 152 497 11
Rate per 1,000 8.55 27.94 0.62
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

Oswego Crimes Per Square Mile

Oswego 94
New York State 41