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Birmingham, Alabama Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Birmingham, Alabama. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Birmingham compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Birmingham, Alabama, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 222,187 total crimes reported in Birmingham, Alabama (31,805 of them violent). Of the 22,219 crimes that occur a year in Birmingham, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Birmingham, Alabama every 23 minutes. This includes 815 murders, 2,231 rapes, and more than one hundred and forty-two thousand thefts (including 21,481 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Birmingham, Alabama for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Birmingham increased by 11 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 12 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Birmingham. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly twenty-four thousand for Birmingham, Alabama in 2009.

Crime Trends in Birmingham, Alabama (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

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

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Birmingham, Alabama law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Birmingham 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.