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Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 3,564,347 total crimes reported in Pennsylvania (512,483 of them violent). Of the 356,435 crimes that happen every year in Pennsylvania, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Pennsylvania 41 times every hour. This includes 6,686 murders, 34,730 rapes, and greater than two million thefts (including 316,366 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Pennsylvania for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Pennsylvania has lessened by 6%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 1%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in Pennsylvania. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to three hundred and forty-four thousand for Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Pennsylvania (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 states like Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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