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Lake County, Indiana Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 202,004 total crimes reported in Lake County, Indiana (23,396 of them violent). Of the 20,200 crimes that happen every year in Lake County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Lake County, Indiana every 26 minutes. This includes 919 murders, 1,204 rapes, and greater than one hundred and forty-one thousand thefts (including 28,278 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Lake County, Indiana for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Lake County has grown by 13%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 1%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight growth in crime over the last 10 years in Lake County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit greater than twenty-two thousand for Lake County, Indiana in 2009.

Crime Trends in Lake County, Indiana (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 Lake County, Indiana (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

Lake County, Indiana law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Lake 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.