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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 peopleBelton/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime545n/a (estimate)2,2532,7322,324
Violent crime39n/a (estimate)161432370
Vehicle theft19n/a78.6331.2282.7
Property crime506n/a (estimate)2,0922,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Belton, TX

The Belton crime rates are 3.1% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 39 violent crimes in Belton (161 per 100,000 people), which is 56.4% lower than the national average and there were a total of 506 property crimes (2092 per 100,000 residents) which is 7% higher than average.

When assessing the total crime rate in Belton per 100,000 people, it stands in the median range among all cities with reported crime data. Our analysis of total incidents, encompassing both violent and property crimes within Belton, underscores the close alignment of reported crime rates with the national average as reported by other areas.

While murder rates in the United States have shown a consistent decline since 1990, recent years have witnessed an increase. Unfortunately, Belton ranks among the cities with the highest murder rates in the nation, when compared to all reporting cities in the U.S. In Belton, there were a total of 3 murders, translating to 12 murders per 100,000 residents. This alarming statistic underscores the need for heightened attention to community safety and crime prevention efforts in the area.

Belton exhibits a property crime rate closely aligned with the national average. There were 2092 reported property crimes, which closely matches the national average of 1954 per 100,000 people. Consequently, the area's safety profile mirrors that of an average city, neither notably safer nor more dangerous than the norm. This balance suggests that Belton maintains a consistent approach to property crime prevention in line with the broader national landscape.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Belton?

What do the local residents think about crime in Belton? Well, based on a recent survey of 9 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 44% of Belton residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 56% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Belton a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Belton 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 Belton crime rate is 3% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 1.49 crimes per day - 0.11 violent crimes and 1.39 property crimes.

Has Crime in Belton Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Belton has increased by 3.6%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Belton, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 9.3%, while property crime has increased by 4.8%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Belton is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Belton

Belton has a population density of 1096.1 people per square mile, while with the national average is 90.6 people per square mile. Cities characterized by high population density are frequently larger urban centers offering diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality may be accentuated, resulting in the coexistence of poverty and affluence. Such economic disparities can contribute to elevated property crimes and on occasion, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density generally record lower Belton crime rates.

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 Belton, 76.1% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

High rental costs can limit economic mobility, making it difficult for individuals to save money, invest in education, or access better job opportunities. This can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and increase the risk of involvement in criminal activities. In summary, high rental costs can create economic challenges, overcrowding, and neighborhood dynamics that may increase the likelihood of certain types of crime, particularly property crimes. In Belton, the average rental rates are $967 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Belton crime map

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

      • Belton crime rates are 3% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Belton are 56% lower than the national average
      • In Belton you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Belton is safer than 48% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Belton has increased by 2%

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        Daily Crime In Belton (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Belton, TX per 100,000 people. In Belton, the total number of daily crimes is 1.21 times less than the Texas average and 1.03 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Belton is 2.68 times less than the Texas average and 2.29 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Belton has a daily crime rate that is 1.10 times less than the Texas average and 1.07 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Belton (higher is better)

        Is Belton safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Texas as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Belton to other cities in the state and across the country, Belton is 51% safer than other cities of Texas and 48% safer than other cities in the nation. Belton has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Belton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Belton is 1 in 621
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Belton is 1 in 48
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Belton is 1 in 45
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Belton, Texas? If you reside in Belton, then there is a 1 in 621 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 48. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 45 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Belton.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Belton, TX is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Belton has decreased by 11%, while the property crime rate in Belton has increased by 3% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Belton has increased by 2% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Belton police department

        Item Belton Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3846,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.03.03.3
        There are a total of 38 Belton police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 32.6% less than the Texas average and 37.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Texas

        State Total offenders Texas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 95,281 sex offenders in Texas. This yields a total of 443 sex offenders in Texas per 100,000 residents which is 67% 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
        Rogers, TX1,39609090
        Nolanville, TX5,732152595747
        Salado, TX2,84842835877
        Troy, TX3,0231891,0051,194
        Holland, TX1,5742151,1441,359
        Little River-Academy, TX2,1392181,1581,375
        Harker Heights, TX31,6572241,3351,559
        Belton, TX22,1731612,0922,253

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Maple Heights, OH22,1784222,5622,984
        Hayesville, OR22,1894904,2024,692
        Clinton, UT22,1911011,2071,308
        Fort Walton Beach, FL22,1442721,6441,916
        Evans, CO22,1282782,6962,973
        Belton, TX22,1731612,0922,253
        Source: The Belton, TX 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.