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Tucson, Arizona Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 378,128 total crimes reported in Tucson, Arizona (45,946 of them violent). Of the 37,813 crimes that occur a year in Tucson, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Tucson, Arizona every 13 minutes. This includes 507 murders, 3,171 rapes, and more than two hundred and seventy thousand thefts (including 63,297 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Tucson, Arizona for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Tucson decreased by 175 percent. Over the same time frame, violent crime fell by 1 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden decrease in crime over the last 10 years in Tucson. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to sixteen thousand for Tucson, Arizona in 2009.

Crime Trends in Tucson, Arizona (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 Tucson, Arizona (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

Tucson, Arizona law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • In 2005, because of changes in the state/local agency's reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
  • In 2006-2007, it was determined that the agency did not follow national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program guidelines for reporting an offense. Consequently, this figure is not included in these graphs.
  • In 2008, the FBI determined that the agency did not follow national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program guidelines for reporting an offense. Consequently, this figure is not included in these graphs.
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