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Benton County, Iowa Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 2002 and 2008 there were 1,159 total crimes reported in Benton County, Iowa (83 of them violent). Of the 166 crimes that occur a year in Benton County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Benton County, Iowa 166 times a year.

Total Crime in Benton County, Iowa (2002-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 1999, 2000 or 2001, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Benton County, Iowa for 7 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Benton County increased by 27 percent. Over the same time frame, violent crime fell by 100 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 7 years in Benton County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than two hundred for Benton County, Iowa in 2009.

Crime Trends in Benton County, Iowa (2002-2008)

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 counties like Benton County, Iowa (2002-2008)

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

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