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Bessemer, Alabama Crime Statistics

This page contains crime rates for Bessemer, Alabama. You can look through the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime data over time, and see how Bessemer compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Bessemer, Alabama, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 27,549 total crimes reported in Bessemer, Alabama (3,452 of them violent). Of the 3,936 crimes that take place per year in Bessemer, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Bessemer, Alabama every 2 hours. This includes 41 murders, 190 rapes, and at least eighteen thousand thefts (including 1,931 car thefts).

Total Crime in Bessemer, Alabama (1999-2000, 2004-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 2001, 2002 or 2003, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Bessemer, Alabama for 7 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Bessemer has risen by 17%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 33%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general rise in crime over the last 7 years in Bessemer. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit at least four thousand for Bessemer, Alabama in 2009.

Crime Trends in Bessemer, Alabama (1999-2000, 2004-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in cities like Bessemer, Alabama (1999-2000, 2004-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Bessemer, Alabama law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Bessemer conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.