Lancaster, PA
Crime Rates



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Lancaster, PA 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Lancaster is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 32 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 Lancaster is 1 in 31. Based on FBI crime data, Lancaster is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Pennsylvania, Lancaster has a crime rate that is higher than 95% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

For Lancaster, 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 Lancaster is one in 142.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Lancaster's rate for property crime is 25 per one thousand population. This makes Lancaster 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 Lancaster is one in 40.

Lancaster Crime Data

 

Crime Index

13

(100 is safest)


Safer than 13% of U.S. Cities

Lancaster Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

418

1,490

1,908

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.05

25.14

32.19

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Lancaster 7.05
Pennsylvania 3.06

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 142

in Lancaster

1 in 326

in Pennsylvania

Lancaster VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 59,265
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Lancaster 25.14
Pennsylvania 14.03

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 40

in Lancaster

1 in 71

in Pennsylvania

Lancaster Property CRIMES

Population: 59,265
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Lancaster Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Lancaster 259
Pennsylvania 41