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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 91,202 total crimes reported in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (7,598 of them violent). Of the 9,120 crimes that happen every year in Lancaster County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania every 57 minutes. This includes 76 murders, 686 rapes, and greater than sixty-nine thousand thefts (including 5,517 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Lancaster County has grown by 61%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 75%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a dramatic growth in crime over the last 10 years in Lancaster County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit almost twelve thousand for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 2009.

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

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. RecordsPedia would like to note the following information related to Lancaster County:

  • In 2003-2006, lancaster county crime data include data from Southern Regional.
  • In 2004-2005, lancaster county crime data include data from Northwest Regional (Mount Joy Township & West Donegal Township).
  • In 2006-2008, crime data include information from law enforcement by Northwest Lancaster County Regional.
  • In 2007-2008, crime data include information from Southern Regional Lancaster County.
The data reported for Lancaster 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.