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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 26,600 total crimes reported in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (2,399 of them violent). Of the 2,660 crimes that occur a year in Bethlehem, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania every 3 hours. This includes 25 murders, 197 rapes, and more than twenty thousand thefts (including 1,585 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Bethlehem increased by 61 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 54 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Bethlehem. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than five thousand for Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

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 cities like Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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