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Chester, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 20,057 total crimes reported in Chester, Pennsylvania (7,721 of them violent). Of the 2,507 crimes that take place per year in Chester, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Chester, Pennsylvania every 3 hours. This includes 135 murders, 262 rapes, and at least eight thousand thefts (including 2,552 car thefts).

Total Crime in Chester, Pennsylvania (1999-2000, 2002, 2004-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 2001 or 2003, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Chester, Pennsylvania for 8 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Chester has been reduced by 41%. Throughout the same period of time, violent crime improved by 22%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general improvement in crime over the last 8 years in Chester. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to two thousand for Chester, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends Chester, Pennsylvania (1999-2000, 2002, 2004-2008)

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 cities like Chester, Pennsylvania (1999-2000, 2002, 2004-2008)

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

Chester, Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Chester 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.