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Total crime 219%
Violent crime 402%
Property crime 187%
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 peopleBirmingham/100k peopleAlabama/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime17,320n/a (estimate)8,2263,3372,580
Murder88n/a41.87.85.0
Rape180n/a85.540.842.6
Robbery941n/a446.983.486.2
Assault2,816n/a1,337.4387.6246.8
Violent crime4,025n/a (estimate)1,912520381
Burglary2,555n/a1,213.4590.1376.0
Theft8,988n/a4,268.51,958.91,594.6
Vehicle theft1,752n/a832.1268.3228.9
Property crime13,295n/a (estimate)6,3142,8172,200

Key findings

  • Birmingham crime rates are 219% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Birmingham are 402% higher than the national average
  • In Birmingham you have a 1 in 13 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Birmingham is safer than 1% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Birmingham has increased by 1%

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The Birmingham crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Birmingham as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Birmingham crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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Compare Birmingham, AL Crime

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      Daily Crime In Birmingham (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Birmingham, per 100,000 residents. In Birmingham, the total number of daily crimes is 2.47 times more than the Alabama average and 3.19 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Birmingham are 3.68 times more than the Alabama average and 5.02 times more than the national average. For property crime, Birmingham has a daily crime rate that is 2.24 times more than the Alabama average and 2.87 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Birmingham (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Birmingham to every other city in Alabama, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Birmingham safe? The gauges above illustrate that Birmingham is safer than 3% of every city located within Alabama along with 1% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Alabama and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Birmingham, AL is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Birmingham

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Birmingham is 1 in 53
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Birmingham is 1 in 16
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Birmingham is 1 in 13
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Birmingham? If you reside in Birmingham, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 53. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 16 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 Birmingham, is 1 in 13.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether Birmingham 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 Birmingham has increased by 10% and the rate of property crime in Birmingham has decreased by 1%. The total crime rate in Birmingham has increased by 1% year to year.

      Birmingham police department

      ItemBirminghamAlabamaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1,1209,968558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents5.34.13.3
      There are a total of 1,120 Birmingham police officers. This results in 5.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 29.3% greater than the Alabama average and 61.5% greater than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Alabama

      StateTotal offendersAlabama /100KNational /100K
      Alabama10,698231266
      There are a total of 10,698 sex offenders in Alabama. This yields a total of 231 sex offenders in Alabama per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Shoal Creek, AL1,44873395468
      Indian Springs Village, AL2,52982442523
      Highland Lakes, AL4,860135732867
      Sylvan Springs, AL1,7531638821,045
      Concord, AL1,8371658951,061
      Brook Highland, AL6,6041699161,085
      Meadowbrook, AL8,5341829881,171
      Birmingham, AL212,4241,9126,3148,226

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Spokane, WA212,0787987,0757,873
      Des Moines, IA212,8596704,4135,083
      Rochester, NY210,2917783,3884,165
      San Bernardino, CA214,5811,3334,1355,468
      Modesto, CA208,5128823,5804,462
      Birmingham, AL212,4241,9126,3148,226
      Source: The Birmingham, AL 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.