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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 37,143 total crimes reported in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (4,795 of them violent). Of the 3,714 crimes that happen every year in Lancaster, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Lancaster, Pennsylvania every 2 hours. This includes 44 murders, 369 rapes, and greater than twenty-six thousand thefts (including 2,887 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Lancaster has grown by 97%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 99%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a dramatic growth in crime over the last 10 years in Lancaster. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit greater than twelve thousand for Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Lancaster, 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 cities like Lancaster, 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, Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Lancaster 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.

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