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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 peopleBenton/100k peopleTennessee/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime39n/a (estimate)2,5902,9242,324
Violent crime4n/a (estimate)266622370
Vehicle theft2n/a132.8362.3282.7
Property crime35n/a (estimate)2,3242,3021,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Benton, TN

The Benton crime rates are 11.4% 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 4 violent crimes in Benton (266 per 100,000 people), which is 28.2% lower than the national average and there were a total of 35 property crimes (2324 per 100,000 residents) which is 18.9% higher than average.

When evaluating the Benton crime rate for every 100,000 residents, it positions itself in the middle range among all cities that reported crime. Our examination of total offenses, spanning both violent and property crimes, indicates that the reported Benton crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

Benton showcased a dedication to violent crime safety in its latest reported crime year by achieving a murder rate of 0. This accomplishment could indicate that it is a safe place for residents, but also provides a shining example to other urban areas endeavoring to create safer communities.

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 11% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Benton experiences an average of 0.11 daily crimes, comprising 0.01 violent incidents and 0.1 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 data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Benton crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Benton has increased by 25.8% year over year. Violent crime has didn't change by 0% and property crime has increased by 29.6%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Benton

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Benton crime rates. The population density in Benton is 414.2 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

Benton has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 5.74 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.25 nationwide. Crime rates are profoundly influenced by the effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing endeavors. A resilient and cooperative partnership between law enforcement agencies and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, ultimately enhancing safety. The efficacy of law enforcement extends beyond mere numbers and extends into the realm of community policing strategies, emphasizing the cultivation of trust and collaboration between officers and the community. It is not merely a matter of quantity but the quality of engagement with the community that matters most.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Benton stands at $114,900, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

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 11% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Benton are 28% lower than the national average
      • In Benton you have a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Benton is safer than 35% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Benton has increased by 3%

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        Daily Crime In Benton (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Benton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Benton is 1 in 377
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Benton is 1 in 44
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Benton is 1 in 39

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

        Benton police department

        Item Benton Tennessee National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)811,551558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents5.73.63.3
        There are a total of 8 Benton police officers. This results in 5.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 60.6% greater than the Tennessee average and 76.6% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Tennessee

        State Total offenders Tennessee /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 24,578 sex offenders in Tennessee. This yields a total of 412 sex offenders in Tennessee per 100,000 residents which is 55% 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
        Hopewell, TN2,051172637810
        Charleston, TN6681478851,032
        East Cleveland, TN2,5573471,2831,630
        Wildwood Lake, TN3,6143481,2891,638
        Etowah, TN3,5054091,3631,772
        South Cleveland, TN7,7926032,2332,836
        Riceville, TN7718403,1093,949
        Benton, TN1,2562662,3242,590

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Maxwell, CA1,2566883,2263,914
        Farmersburg, IN1,256138697835
        Las Palmas II, TX1,2562431,2911,534
        Barbourmeade, KY1,25630203233
        Lavalette, WV1,25666294360
        Benton, TN1,2562662,3242,590
        Source: The Benton, TN 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.