Wilkes-Barre, PA
Crime Rates



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Wilkes-Barre, 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 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

With a crime rate of 46 per one thousand residents, Wilkes-Barre 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 Pennsylvania, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Wilkes-Barre.

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

For Wilkes-Barre, 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 Wilkes-Barre is one in 139.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Wilkes-Barre is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Wilkes-Barre, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 26, which is a rate of 39 per one thousand population.

Wilkes-Barre Crime Data

 

Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Wilkes-Barre Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

291

1,563

1,854

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.17

38.53

45.70

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Wilkes-Barre 7.17
Pennsylvania 3.16

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 139

in Wilkes-Barre

1 in 316

in Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 40,569
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

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
Wilkes-Barre 38.53
Pennsylvania 17.43

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in Wilkes-Barre

1 in 57

in Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre Property CRIMES

Population: 40,569
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

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

Wilkes-Barre Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Wilkes-Barre 254
Pennsylvania 49