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Essex County, Massachusetts Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 181,642 total crimes reported in Essex County, Massachusetts (23,575 of them violent). Of the 18,164 crimes that happen every year in Essex County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Essex County, Massachusetts every 28 minutes. This includes 113 murders, 1,289 rapes, and almost one hundred and twenty-three thousand thefts (including 28,319 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Essex County, Massachusetts for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Essex County has lessened by 1%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 23%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in Essex County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to seventeen thousand for Essex County, Massachusetts in 2009.

Crime Trends in Essex County, Massachusetts (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 counties like Essex County, Massachusetts (1999-2008)

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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