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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 peopleAlton/100k peopleNew Hampshire/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime39n/a (estimate)6441,1372,324
Violent crime7n/a (estimate)116126370
Vehicle theft3n/a49.666.5282.7
Property crime32n/a (estimate)5291,0111,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Alton, NH

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 Alton crime rate is lower than the national average by 72.3%. Specifically, there were 7 violent crimes in Alton, equivalent to 116 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 68.7%. Furthermore, Alton recorded 32 property crimes, amounting to 529 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 73%.

Alton has a crime rate of 644, which is considerably less than the national average of 2324. This results in Alton being one of the safest places to live across the United States. The crime rate is based on the total number of violent and property crimes per 100,000 people.

Alton distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 116 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Alton among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Alton 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.

Property crime rates per 100,000 individuals have exhibited a consistent decrease of about 50% since 1990, with a minor upturn observed in recent years. According to the latest crime data, Alton maintains a property crime rate of 529 incidents per 100,000 people, significantly below the national average of 1954. This serves as a strong indication of the status of Alton as a secure and desirable place to reside, emphasizing its commitment to safety and well-being within the community.

Is Alton a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Alton a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Alton crime rate is 72% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.11 crimes per day - 0.02 violent crimes and 0.09 property crimes.

Has Crime in Alton Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Alton has increased by 2.6% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Alton 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 61.1%, while property crime has increased by 60%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Alton.

Potential Causes for Crime in Alton

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Alton, 91.6% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Alton is $0, compared to a national average of $184,700.

In Alton, the average rental rates are $0 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Alton crime map

The Alton crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Alton 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 Alton crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Alton 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

      • Alton crime rates are 72% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Alton are 69% lower than the national average
      • In Alton you have a 1 in 156 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Alton is safer than 77% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Alton has decreased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Alton (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Alton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Alton is 1 in 865
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Alton is 1 in 190
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Alton is 1 in 156

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

        Alton police department

        Item Alton New Hampshire National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)141,969558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.72.43.3
        There are a total of 14 Alton police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 10.7% greater than the New Hampshire average and 18.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in New Hampshire

        State Total offenders New Hampshire /100K National /100K
        New Hampshire2,616204266
        There are a total of 2,616 sex offenders in New Hampshire. This yields a total of 204 sex offenders in New Hampshire per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Loudon, NH83035502536
        Wolfeboro, NH3,35275626700
        Pittsfield, NH1,464337554890
        Milton, NH5371109051,015
        Meredith, NH2,651881,0611,149
        Farmington, NH4,1403641,1351,499
        Sanbornville, NH7781771,4191,596
        Alton, NH170116529644

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        Alton, NH170116529644
        Source: The Alton, NH 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.