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Palm Beach County, Florida Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 540,132 total crimes reported in Palm Beach County, Florida (69,115 of them violent). Of the 54,013 crimes that happen every year in Palm Beach County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Palm Beach County, Florida every 9 minutes. This includes 628 murders, 3,272 rapes, and almost three hundred and sixty-two thousand thefts (including 52,733 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Palm Beach County, Florida for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Palm Beach County has grown by 30%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 45%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a dramatic growth in crime over the last 10 years in Palm Beach County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit greater than seventy thousand for Palm Beach County, Florida in 2009.

Crime Trends in Palm Beach County, Florida (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 Palm Beach County, Florida (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

Palm Beach County, Florida law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Palm Beach County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.