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Iowa Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 926,828 total crimes reported in Iowa (82,528 of them violent). Of the 92,683 crimes that transpire each year in Iowa, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Iowa every 5 minutes. This includes 482 murders, 7,901 rapes, and over six hundred and seventy thousand thefts (including 52,540 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in Iowa for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in Iowa has diminished by 14 per-cent. In the course of that same period, violent crime rose by 6 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow drop off in crime over the last 10 years in Iowa. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to eighty-six thousand for Iowa in 2009.

Crime Trends in Iowa (1999-2008)

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 states like Iowa (1999-2008)

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

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