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Van Buren County, Iowa Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 2003 and 2008 there were 485 total crimes reported in Van Buren County, Iowa (42 of them violent). Of the 97 crimes that occur a year in Van Buren County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Van Buren County, Iowa 97 times a year. This includes 5 murders, 2 rapes, and more than two hundred thefts (including 18 motor vehicle thefts).

Total Crime in Van Buren County, Iowa (2003, 2005-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2004, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Van Buren County, Iowa for 5 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Van Buren County increased by 28 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 14 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 5 years in Van Buren County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than one hundred for Van Buren County, Iowa in 2009.

Crime Trends in Van Buren County, Iowa (2003, 2005-2008)

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 Van Buren County, Iowa (2003, 2005-2008)

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

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