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West Memphis, Arkansas Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 16,101 total crimes reported in West Memphis, Arkansas (3,145 of them violent). Of the 2,300 crimes that happen every year in West Memphis, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in West Memphis, Arkansas every 3 hours. This includes 39 murders, 200 rapes, and almost eight thousand thefts (including 1,122 auto thefts).

Total Crime in West Memphis, Arkansas (1999-2001, 2005-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 2002, 2003 or 2004, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in West Memphis, Arkansas for 7 years. During that time frame, reported crime in West Memphis has grown by 53%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 65%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a dramatic growth in crime over the last 7 years in West Memphis. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit greater than three thousand for West Memphis, Arkansas in 2009.

Crime Trends in West Memphis, Arkansas (1999-2001, 2005-2008)

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 cities like West Memphis, Arkansas (1999-2001, 2005-2008)

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Crime Data Information

West Memphis, 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.
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