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Delaware Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 338,766 total crimes reported in Delaware (53,950 of them violent). Of the 33,877 crimes that occur a year in Delaware, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Delaware every 15 minutes. This includes 312 murders, 3,908 rapes, and more than two hundred and twenty-seven thousand thefts (including 27,079 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Delaware for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Delaware increased by 3 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 10 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Delaware. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly thirty-five thousand for Delaware in 2009.

Crime Trends in Delaware (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 states like Delaware (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

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

  • An aggregated Delaware state total for forcible rape for 1999-2000 was supplied by the Delaware State Bureau of Investigation.
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