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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAlma/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime180n/a (estimate)3,0643,0972,324
Violent crime24n/a (estimate)409645370
Vehicle theft7n/a119.2250.7282.7
Property crime156n/a (estimate)2,6562,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Alma, AR

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Alma crime rate is higher than the national average by 31.9%. Specifically, there were 24 violent crimes in Alma, equivalent to 409 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 10.5%. Furthermore, Alma recorded 156 property crimes, amounting to 2656 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 35.9%.

Alma exhibits a violent crime rate that closely echoes the national average reported by all cities, with 409 incidents per 100,000 people, in line with the nationwide figure of 370. This uniformity underscores Alma as a community where safety standards align seamlessly with the broader national context, delivering residents a steadfast and dependable sense of security.

During the most recently reported crime year, Alma experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Alma?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Alma residents. Out of the respondents (8 in total), 13% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Alma were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 88% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Alma a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Alma, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Alma presents a total crime rate that is 32% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Alma experiences an average of 0.49 daily crimes, comprising 0.07 violent incidents and 0.43 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Alma Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Alma has decreased by 8.6% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Alma is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has decreased by 38.5%, while property crime has decreased by 1.3%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Alma.

Potential Causes for Crime in Alma

Alma reports an unemployment rate of 3.8%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Alma crime rates.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Alma, 80.3% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Alma, the cost of living is 10.83% lower than the national average.

Alma crime map

The Alma crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Alma as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Alma crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Alma crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Alma crime rates are 32% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Alma are 10% higher than the national average
  • In Alma you have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Alma is safer than 21% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Alma has decreased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Alma (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Alma, per 100,000 residents. In Alma, the total number of daily crimes is 1.01 times less than the Arkansas average and 1.32 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Alma are 1.58 times less than the Arkansas average and 1.10 times more than the national average. For property crime, Alma has a daily crime rate that is 1.08 times more than the Arkansas average and 1.36 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Alma (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Arkansas and all other cities across the US, is Alma safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Alma is safer than 38% of other cities in the state of Arkansas. In addition, Alma is safer than 21% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Arkansas and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Alma. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Alma is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Alma

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Alma is 1 in 245
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Alma is 1 in 38
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Alma is 1 in 33
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Alma, Arkansas you have a 1 in 245 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Alma.

        Year Over Year Crime In Alma (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Alma is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Alma has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 38% in Alma, while property crimes in Alma have not changed. Total crime has decreased by 8% year over year.

        Alma police department

        Item Alma Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)195,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.52.93.3
        There are a total of 19 Alma police officers. This results in 3.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 18.5% greater than the Arkansas average and 7.4% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Arkansas

        State Total offenders Arkansas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,875 sex offenders in Arkansas. This yields a total of 323 sex offenders in Arkansas per 100,000 residents which is 21% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Arkoma, OK1,84155328382
        Cedarville, AR1,6882589821,240
        Lavaca, AR2,4424458491,293
        Kibler, AR1,1762771,0551,332
        Barling, AR4,9574901,2061,696
        Charleston, AR2,4832271,6651,893
        Mulberry, AR1,5863862,1252,511
        Alma, AR5,8164092,6563,064

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        Little Silver, NJ5,8170678678
        Monticello, IL5,8152291,3421,571
        St. Johnsbury, VT5,8153513,6744,025
        Elsmere, DE5,814981,6041,702
        Massanetta Springs, VA5,819116841957
        Alma, AR5,8164092,6563,064
        Source: The Alma, AR crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.