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Puerto Rico Crime Statistics

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

Population data are not available for Puerto Rico, so we can't show you how Puerto Rico ranks against other similar areas right now.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 728,817 total crimes reported in Puerto Rico (110,322 of them violent). Of the 72,882 crimes that happen every year in Puerto Rico, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Puerto Rico every 7 minutes. This includes 7,390 murders, 1,761 rapes, and greater than four hundred and twenty thousand thefts (including 108,045 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Puerto Rico for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Puerto Rico has lessened by 19%. During the same interval, violent crime decreased by 50%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in Puerto Rico. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to sixty-two thousand for Puerto Rico in 2009.

Crime Trends in Puerto Rico (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 Data Information

Puerto Rico law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Puerto Rico 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.