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Columbia County, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 6,541 total crimes reported in Columbia County, Pennsylvania (396 of them violent). Of the 654 crimes that occur a year in Columbia County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Columbia County, Pennsylvania every 13 hours. This includes 2 murders, 119 rapes, and more than five thousand thefts (including 286 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Columbia County, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Columbia County increased by 42 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 57 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 10 years in Columbia County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than nine hundred for Columbia County, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Columbia County, 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 counties like Columbia County, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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