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Polk County, Iowa Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 166,855 total crimes reported in Polk County, Iowa (11,695 of them violent). Of the 16,686 crimes that transpire each year in Polk County, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Polk County, Iowa every 31 minutes. This includes 105 murders, 1,302 rapes, and over one hundred and thirty thousand thefts (including 10,757 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in Polk County, Iowa for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in Polk County has climbed by 12 per-cent. In the course of that same period, violent crime rose by 50 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow worsening in crime over the last 10 years in Polk County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit close to eighteen thousand for Polk County, Iowa in 2009.

Crime Trends in Polk County, 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 counties like Polk County, 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

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

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