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Fort Smith, Arkansas Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 66,350 total crimes reported in Fort Smith, Arkansas (7,096 of them violent). Of the 6,635 crimes that occur a year in Fort Smith, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Fort Smith, Arkansas 19 times a day. This includes 58 murders, 720 rapes, and more than forty-eight thousand thefts (including 3,545 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Fort Smith, Arkansas for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Fort Smith increased by 7 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 31 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual decrease in crime over the last 10 years in Fort Smith. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to six thousand for Fort Smith, Arkansas in 2009.

Crime Trends in Fort Smith, Arkansas (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 Fort Smith, Arkansas (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

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

  • Complete arson figures for 2000 for Alabama, Arkansas, and Massachusetts were not available.
  • In 2003, due to changes in reporting practices, annexations, and/or incomplete data, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
  • In 2004, because of changes in reporting practices, annexations, and/or incomplete data, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
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