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Delaware County, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 103,122 total crimes reported in Delaware County, Pennsylvania (20,258 of them violent). Of the 10,312 crimes that occur a year in Delaware County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Delaware County, Pennsylvania every 50 minutes. This includes 223 murders, 833 rapes, and more than sixty-nine thousand thefts (including 9,724 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Delaware County, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Delaware County increased by 35 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 39 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 10 years in Delaware County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than thirteen thousand for Delaware County, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Delaware 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 Delaware County, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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