Bedford, VA
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Bedford, VA 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

The crime rate in Bedford is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 38 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 Bedford is 1 in 26. Based on FBI crime data, Bedford is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Virginia, Bedford has a crime rate that is higher than 95% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Bedford 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 Bedford; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 436. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

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 Bedford 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 Bedford is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Bedford, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 28, which is a rate of 36 per one thousand population.

Bedford Crime Data

 

Crime Index

11

(100 is safest)


Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

Bedford Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

15

234

249

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.29

35.80

38.10

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Bedford 2.29
Virginia 2.08

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 436

in Bedford

1 in 480

in Virginia

Bedford VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 6,536
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 4 4 6
Rate per 1,000 0.15 0.61 0.61 0.92

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
Bedford 35.80
Virginia 17.93

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 28

in Bedford

1 in 56

in Virginia

Bedford Property CRIMES

Population: 6,536
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 10 217 7
Rate per 1,000 1.53 33.20 1.07

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

Bedford Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Bedford 36
Virginia 19