A key question on many peoples’ minds when choosing a place to live: “How bad is crime in that area?” Unfortunately, most professionals are barred by state and federal law from answering your questions, because it might have a negative impact on a neighborhood that really needs a law-abiding resident such as yourself. The best these professionals can do is point you to the official source (if they know it off-hand) and tell you to do your own research.
This page will get you ahead of the game.
First thing you need to know. The officials strongly discourage the public from using the data to rank and compare different areas, “because there are many factors that cause the nature and type of crime to vary from place to place.” They explain that ranking has “often created misleading perceptions which adversely affect geographic entities and their residents” and “rankings ignore the uniqueness of each locale.”
Reading between the lines, it sure sounds like an SJW pitch to encourage us all to live in perfectly identical neighborhoods which perfectly reflect the total demographic makeup of the nation, (regardless of how you define the demographic groups). If you’re a person who doesn’t like crime and wouldn’t do it, and so you choose not to live in a high crime area, then yeah, your choice as an upstanding citizen to not live in a troubled area is to the loss of that troubled area.
But if a locale has a crime problem, then it has a crime problem no matter the reasons, and you might not desire to be in the midst of that.
However, to be fair, there is a grain of truth in the disclaimer. An acquaintance of our team once lived in a small town with a low reported crime rate. When he was attacked in broad daylight and beaten by a gang, simply for having made eye contact while going about his business, he ended up badgered by the local law enforcement not to press charges, even though the gang members were immediately identifiable by unique tattoos and the whole scene was on security footage. In the end, he was told that if he would testify in court, the best that could be done was to write the gang a public citation (e.g. while letting the gang know exactly who you are and that you stand against them, they’ll receive a slap on the wrist smaller than a typical speeding ticket.) He ultimately dropped his complaint because the risk wasn’t worth it. Some investigative reporting by the local paper and some discussion with local residents revealed that the local law enforcement was under serious pressure from the city council to reduce the crimes pursued. This lowered the reported crime rate, which made the city look like a better tourist destination and brought more dollars to the town. In the end, the gang pursued more and more violent behavior, and the local law enforcement started to crack down when the gang took to shooting at them.
Another factor that commonly occurs is policy surrounding domestic violence. Some states or jurisdictions might run a “must arrest” policy for any domestic violence call, paired with a “must prosecute” policy for any individual arrested for that crime. (Consider the legal research by this Colorado group for people in that state.) The net effect is to make it look a district is tough on a detestable crime, at the expense of likely innocent folks being pressured into plea deals by the full force of the law.
The truth of the point is that just because an area has a low crime rate, there might be negative reasons for that: poor reporting methods, refusal to crack down on crime due to public image, and so on. Meanwhile, a locale with a higher crime rate might be the result of a locked-on and dedicated local law enforcement which is tough on crime. Or maybe it has mandatory arrest and prosecution policies that make numbers higher then they would otherwise.
So, the crime stats give you a snapshot in time of total crime in an area. Large differences might be telling you something (like, what are the odds of being randomly shot while walking through a place like Chicago). Smaller differences (like a 10 point difference between two states or two counties) might be meaningless. Don’t take the numbers as absolute guidelines.
Ultimately, the locale you choose to live in sets the scene for how much risk you must deal with. However, there is plenty you can do to lower risk below average for a locale by making yourself a hard target.
Let’s compare crime in the three major American Redoubt States of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Utah is considered part of the Redoubt (at least the far northern part).
State / Violent Crime Rate per 100k Residents / Murder Rate per 100k Residents
Idaho 215.6 / 1.9
Montana 349.6 / 3.5
Wyoming 222.1 / 2.7
Utah 236.0 / 1.8
American Redoubt AVG. 255.8 / 2.4
Sanctuary States AVG. 488.7 / 5.4
California 426.3 / 4.8
New Mexico 383.8 / 5.8
Illinois 656.1 / 5.6
Note: Washington D.C. was not included in the averaging, however, it has the following statistics: 1,269.1 / 24.1 and that is NOT a typographical error!
With all that said, the master page for official crime stats is the FBI: UCR. Please use this tool to evaluate where you live now, and how a Strategic Relocation to an American Redoubt region could bring you peace from the crime filled Sanctuary Cities and the States that fund them.
To look at stats for a specific area, select “Crime in the United States” and then pick the most recent year of data for the type of report you want to know more about.
Within the report, you’ll see links to break down the data by various levels of government: state, county, and city.
Alternately, if you figure out what table has the data you want (i.e. Table 4, etc.) you can click directly on the relevant data.
Overall, you’ll be looking at tables and tables of raw numbers, so be ready for some dull reading to find what you’re looking for.