Salem, OR
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Salem, OR 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 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 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 46 per one thousand residents, Salem 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 22. Within Oregon, more than 93% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Salem.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Salem 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 Salem; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 256. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Salem is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Salem, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 24, which is a rate of 43 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Salem 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 Salem is one in 196.

Salem Crime Data

 

Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Salem Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

664

7,225

7,889

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.91

42.55

46.46

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Salem 3.91
Oregon 2.82

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 256

in Salem

1 in 355

in Oregon

Salem VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 169,798
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 6 44 167 447
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.26 0.98 2.63

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Salem 42.55
Oregon 29.86

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Salem

1 in 33

in Oregon

Salem Property CRIMES

Population: 169,798
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 898 5,459 868
Rate per 1,000 5.29 32.15 5.11

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Salem Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Salem 163
Oregon 60