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Lehigh County, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 84,581 total crimes reported in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania (9,265 of them violent). Of the 8,458 crimes that take place per year in Lehigh County, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 24 times per day. This includes 142 murders, 565 rapes, and at least fifty-nine thousand thefts (including 6,148 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Lehigh County has risen by 20%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 21%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general rise in crime over the last 10 years in Lehigh County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit just about ten thousand for Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 2009.

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

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Lehigh County, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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