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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property 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 peopleBenton/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,145n/a (estimate)3,1563,0972,324
Violent crime125n/a (estimate)345645370
Vehicle theft75n/a206.7250.7282.7
Property crime1,020n/a (estimate)2,8112,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Benton, AR

The Benton crime rates are 35.8% higher 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 125 violent crimes in Benton (345 per 100,000 people), which is 6.8% lower than the national average and there were a total of 1020 property crimes (2811 per 100,000 residents) which is 43.9% higher than average.

For violent crimes per 100,000 people, Benton has a rate of violent crime that is very close to the national average. There were a total of 345 violent crimes, while the national average reported 370. This is an indication that the level of crime is essentially on par with all other cities.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Benton?

What do the local residents think about crime in Benton? Well, based on a recent survey of 10 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 90% of Benton residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 10% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Benton a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Benton, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Benton presents a total crime rate that is 36% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Benton experiences an average of 3.14 daily crimes, comprising 0.34 violent incidents and 2.79 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 Benton Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Benton has decreased by 12.1% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Benton 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 35.2%, while property crime has decreased by 8.1%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Benton.

Potential Causes for Crime in Benton

Benton has a poverty rate that stands at 8.1, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Benton crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

Rising cost of living expenses, including increased housing costs, grocery, utility and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards crime, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Benton, the cost of living is 6.72% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Benton has a median home price of $148,700, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Benton crime map

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

      • Benton crime rates are 36% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Benton are 7% lower than the national average
      • In Benton you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Benton is safer than 24% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Benton has decreased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Benton (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Benton, Arkansas is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Benton are 1.02 times more than the Arkansas average and 1.36 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Benton are 1.87 times less than than Arkansas and 1.07 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Benton are 1.15 times more than than Arkansas and 1.44 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Benton (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Benton, Arkansas compared to other areas of Arkansas, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Benton safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Benton is safer than 40% of Arkansas cities, and 24% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Arkansas, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Benton. At this time, Benton sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Benton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Benton is 1 in 291
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Benton is 1 in 36
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Benton is 1 in 32
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Benton? If you reside in Benton, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 291. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 36 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Benton, is 1 in 32.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Benton is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Benton has decreased by 32% and the rate of property crime in Benton has decreased by 4%. The total crime rate in Benton has decreased by 8% year to year.

        Benton police department

        Item Benton Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)775,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.42.93.3
        There are a total of 77 Benton police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 17% less than the Arkansas average and 24.8% less 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
        Cammack Village, AR887265529794
        Salem, AR1,5321908241,015
        Shannon Hills, AR3,9144978001,297
        Haskell, AR4,5592711,1081,379
        Salem city, AR1,9353121,1871,499
        Avilla, AR1,0823331,2661,599
        Landmark, AR3,6283341,2721,606
        Benton, AR36,3603452,8113,156

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Owasso, OK36,3951461,5771,723
        Oak Creek, WI36,3211252,0672,192
        West Fargo, ND36,4061831,2881,470
        Winchester, NV36,3025632,9533,516
        Moorpark, CA36,44348602650
        Benton, AR36,3603452,8113,156
        Source: The Benton, 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.