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Kentucky Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 1,185,547 total crimes reported in Kentucky (113,962 of them violent). Of the 118,555 crimes that happen every year in Kentucky, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Kentucky every 4 minutes. This includes 1,964 murders, 12,150 rapes, and greater than eight hundred and four thousand thefts (including 88,518 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Kentucky for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Kentucky has grown by 7%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 6%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight growth in crime over the last 10 years in Kentucky. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit almost one hundred and twenty-one thousand for Kentucky in 2009.

Crime Trends in Kentucky (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 states like Kentucky (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

Kentucky law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • Limited data for 1999 were available for Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, and New Hampshire; therefore, it was necessary that their crime counts be estimated. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details.
  • Limited data for 2000 were available for Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Montana; therefore, it was necessary that their crime counts be estimated. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details.
  • Limited data for 2001 were available for Illinois and Kentucky; therefore, it was necessary that their crime counts be estimated. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details. Offense totals are based on all reporting agencies and estimates for unreported areas.
  • Limited data for 2002 were available. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details. Offense totals are based on all data received from reporting agencies and estimates for unreported areas.
  • Limited data for 2003 were available for Illinois and Kentucky. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details. Although arson data are included in the trend and clearance tables, sufficient data are not available to estimate totals for this offense.
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