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Shelby County, Alabama Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 20,750 total crimes reported in Shelby County, Alabama (1,633 of them violent). Of the 2,075 crimes that occur a year in Shelby County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Shelby County, Alabama every 4 hours. This includes 25 murders, 194 rapes, and more than fifteen thousand thefts (including 1,261 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Shelby County, Alabama for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Shelby County increased by 99 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 98 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 10 years in Shelby County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than four thousand for Shelby County, Alabama in 2009.

Crime Trends in Shelby County, 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 counties like Shelby County, Alabama (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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