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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 60,964 total crimes reported in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (5,365 of them violent). Of the 6,096 crimes that occur a year in Luzerne County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania 17 times a day. This includes 49 murders, 418 rapes, and nearly forty-seven thousand thefts (including 3,665 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Luzerne County increased by 39 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 42 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 10 years in Luzerne County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly nine thousand for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 2009.

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

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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

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