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Maricopa County, Arizona Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for Maricopa County, Arizona. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how Maricopa County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Maricopa County, Arizona, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 1,950,407 total crimes reported in Maricopa County, Arizona (174,064 of them violent). Of the 195,041 crimes that happen every year in Maricopa County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Maricopa County, Arizona every 2 minutes. This includes 2,769 murders, 9,663 rapes, and greater than one million thefts (including 357,642 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Maricopa County, Arizona for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Maricopa County has grown by 9%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 16%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight growth in crime over the last 10 years in Maricopa County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit almost two hundred and three thousand for Maricopa County, Arizona in 2009.

Crime Trends in Maricopa County, Arizona (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Maricopa County, Arizona (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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