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Springfield, Illinois Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime data for Springfield, Illinois. You can look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime rates over time, and see how Springfield compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records links for Springfield, Illinois, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2007 there were 82,941 total crimes reported in Springfield, Illinois (12,595 of them violent). Of the 9,216 crimes that transpire each year in Springfield, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Springfield, Illinois every 57 minutes.

Total Crime in Springfield, Illinois (1999-2007)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 2008, as there were no data available for that year.

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in Springfield, Illinois for 9 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in Springfield has climbed by 11 per-cent. In the course of that same period, violent crime rose by 41 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow worsening in crime over these years in Springfield.

Crime Trends in Springfield, Illinois (1999-2007)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in cities like Springfield, Illinois (1999-2007)

Individuals are dissuaded against drawing conclusions from ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a particular location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or discrepencies in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual figure bars to see crime data in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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

  • In 1999-2000, forcible rape figures furnished by the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Programs administered by the Delaware State Bureau of Investigation and Illinois Department of State Police were not in accordance with national UCR guidelines; therefore, the figures were excluded from the forcible rape, Crime Index total, and Modified Crime Index total categories.
  • Limited data for 1999 were available for Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, and New Hampshire.
  • Limited data for 2000 were available for Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Montana.
  • In 2001, forcible rape figures furnished by the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program administered by the Illinois State Police were not in accordance with national UCR guidelines; therefore, the figures were excluded from the forcible rape, Crime Index total, and Modified Crime Index total categories.
  • Limited data for 2001-2003 were available for Illinois and Kentucky.
  • In 2002, forcible rape figures furnished by the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program administered by the Illinois State Police were not in accordance with national UCR guidelines; therefore, the figures were excluded from the forcible rape, Crime Index, and Modified Crime Index categories.
  • In 2003, forcible rape figures furnished by the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program administered by the Illinois State Police were not in accordance with national UCR guidelines; therefore, the figures were excluded from the forcible rape and violent crime categories.
  • Limited data for 2004-2006 were available for Illinois.
  • In 2004, the data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program administered by the Illinois State Police does not comply with national UCR guidelines. Consequently, their figures for forcible rape and violent crime (of which forcible rape is a part) are not included in these graphs.
  • In 2006, the data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by the Illinois (with the exception of Rockford, Illinois) and the Minnesota state UCR Programs does not comply with national UCR Program guidelines. Consequently, their figures for forcible rape and violent crime (of which forcible rape is a part) are not published in these graphs.
  • In 2007, the data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by the Illinois and the Minnesota state UCR Programs (with the exception of Rockford, Illinois and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) does not comply with national UCR Program guidelines. Consequently, their figures for forcible rape and violent crime (of which forcible rape is a part) are not published in these graphs.
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