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West Chester, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 7,035 total crimes reported in West Chester, Pennsylvania (1,094 of them violent). Of the 704 crimes that transpire each year in West Chester, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in West Chester, Pennsylvania every 12 hours. This includes 4 murders, 154 rapes, and close to five thousand thefts (including 614 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in West Chester, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in West Chester has diminished by 43 per-cent. In the course of that same period, violent crime rose by 14 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow drop off in crime over the last 10 years in West Chester. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to five hundred for West Chester, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in West Chester, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in cities like West Chester, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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