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Berkshire County, Massachusetts Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 24,507 total crimes reported in Berkshire County, Massachusetts (3,547 of them violent). Of the 2,451 crimes that take place per year in Berkshire County, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Berkshire County, Massachusetts every 3 hours. This includes 14 murders, 441 rapes, and just about fifteen thousand thefts (including 1,382 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Berkshire County, Massachusetts for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Berkshire County has risen by 32%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 57%. By and large, the crime data indicate a significant rise in crime over the last 10 years in Berkshire County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit at least three thousand for Berkshire County, Massachusetts in 2009.

Crime Trends in Berkshire County, Massachusetts (1999-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Berkshire County, Massachusetts (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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