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Total crime 13%
Violent crime 52%
Property crime 6%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAmes/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,516n/a (estimate)2,2471,9422,580
Murder1n/a1.51.75.0
Rape49n/a72.630.942.6
Robbery23n/a34.129.586.2
Assault51n/a75.6187.9246.8
Violent crime124n/a (estimate)184250381
Burglary248n/a367.6352.6376.0
Theft1,087n/a1,611.31,190.41,594.6
Vehicle theft57n/a84.5148.5228.9
Property crime1,392n/a (estimate)2,0631,6922,200

Key findings

  • Ames crime rates are 13% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Ames are 52% lower than the national average
  • In Ames you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Ames is safer than 48% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Ames has increased by 26%

Ames crime map

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      Daily Crime In Ames (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Ames, IA per 100,000 people. In Ames, the total number of daily crimes is 1.16 times more than the Iowa average and 1.15 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Ames is 1.36 times less than the Iowa average and 2.07 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Ames has a daily crime rate that is 1.22 times more than the Iowa average and 1.07 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Ames (higher is better)

      Is Ames safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Iowa as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Ames to other cities in the state and across the country, Ames is 53% safer than other cities of Iowa and 48% safer than other cities in the nation. Ames has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ames

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ames is 1 in 545
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ames is 1 in 49
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Ames is 1 in 45
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Ames, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 545. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 49 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Ames is 1 in 45.

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

      A good indicator of whether Ames is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Ames has increased by 14%, while the property crime rate in Ames has increased by 27% year over year. The number of total crimes in Ames has increased by 26% year over year.

      Ames police department

      ItemAmesIowaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)753,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.31.83.3
      There are a total of 75 Ames police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 29.8% less than the Iowa average and 61.1% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Iowa

      StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
      Iowa6,040205266
      There are a total of 6,040 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 205 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Gilbert, IA1,18374501575
      Slater, IA1,61784565649
      Roland, IA1,31285574658
      Huxley, IA3,474103698801
      Woodward, IA1,621106721827
      Madrid, IA2,585109736845
      Story City, IA3,423147851998
      Ames, IA64,0731842,0632,247

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Daytona Beach, FL64,1051,1074,8655,971
      Conway, AR64,1845413,3413,882
      Janesville, WI63,8802592,7923,051
      Lodi, CA63,8424172,5612,978
      Tamarac, FL63,7473101,8642,174
      Ames, IA64,0731842,0632,247
      Source: The Ames, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.