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Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 15,720 total crimes reported in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (1,549 of them violent). Of the 1,965 crimes that occur a year in Wilkes Barre, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania every 4 hours. This includes 23 murders, 156 rapes, and more than eleven thousand thefts (including 1,136 motor vehicle thefts).

Total Crime in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (1999, 2002-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 2000 or 2001, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania for 8 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Wilkes Barre decreased by 23 percent. Over the same time frame, violent crime fell by 8 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual decrease in crime over the last 8 years in Wilkes Barre. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to two thousand for Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (1999, 2002-2008)

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 cities like Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (1999, 2002-2008)

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

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