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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 peopleBrockton/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,616n/a (estimate)2,3761,3922,324
Violent crime712n/a (estimate)647322370
Vehicle theft494n/a448.799.7282.7
Property crime1,904n/a (estimate)1,7301,0701,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Brockton, MA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Brockton is 2.2% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Brockton, there were 712 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 647 per 100,000 individuals, 74.9% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 1904 property crimes, amounting to 1730 per 100,000 residents, 11.5% lower than the U.S. average.

The Brockton crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in Brockton, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

The property crime rate per 100,000 people in Brockton is very similar to the national average. Brockton had a property crime rate of 1730, while the national average was 1954. Based on these numbers, you could expect an average amount of property crime in this area.

Recently, vehicle thefts have seen an upward trend across the United States, and Brockton ranks among the cities with the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. Last year, there were 494 vehicle thefts, amounting to 449 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Brockton within the worst 10% of all cities, indicating that 90% of cities fare better in terms of vehicle theft rates. The likelihood of your vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 223.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Brockton?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Brockton residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 65 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 25% of Brockton residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 75% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Brockton a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Brockton, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Brockton presents a total crime rate that is 2% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Brockton experiences an average of 7.17 daily crimes, comprising 1.95 violent incidents and 5.22 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 Brockton Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Brockton. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Brockton has increased by 11.8%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 5.5%, while property crime has increased by 14.3%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Brockton.

Potential Causes for Crime in Brockton

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Brockton crime rate. The poverty level in Brockton is 13%, while the national average is 15.1%.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Brockton, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 2 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Brockton has an average rental rate of $1,193 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Brockton crime map

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

  • Brockton crime rates are 2% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Brockton are 75% higher than the national average
  • In Brockton you have a 1 in 43 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Brockton is safer than 15% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Brockton has increased by 2%

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        Daily Crime In Brockton (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Brockton, MA per 100,000 people. In Brockton, the total number of daily crimes is 1.71 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.02 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Brockton is 2.01 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.75 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Brockton has a daily crime rate that is 1.62 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.13 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Brockton (higher is better)

        Is Brockton safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Massachusetts as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Brockton to other cities in the state and across the country, Brockton is 5% safer than other cities of Massachusetts and 15% safer than other cities in the nation. Brockton has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Brockton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Brockton is 1 in 155
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Brockton is 1 in 58
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Brockton is 1 in 43
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Brockton? In Brockton, MA you have a 1 in 155 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 58 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 43 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Brockton.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Brockton is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Brockton has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 4% in Brockton, while property crimes in Brockton have increased by 4%. Total crime has increased by 2% year over year.

        Brockton police department

        Item Brockton Massachusetts National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)19011,659558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.02.23.3
        There are a total of 190 Brockton police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 7.3% less than the Massachusetts average and 38.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Massachusetts

        State Total offenders Massachusetts /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 4,551 sex offenders in Massachusetts. This yields a total of 72 sex offenders in Massachusetts per 100,000 residents which is 73% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Dover, MA2,51885119203
        Scituate, MA5,90569159228
        Sharon, MA6,21738275313
        Medfield, MA6,66876267343
        North Pembroke, MA4,159117389506
        Milton, MA27,59025492517
        Hanson, MA1,880143375518
        Brockton, MA95,7406471,7302,376

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Compton, CA95,8041,1412,6733,813
        Mission Viejo, CA95,638911,1171,208
        Riverview, FL95,8493031,8322,135
        Longmont, CO95,8644432,8223,265
        Flint, MI95,9991,2301,3082,538
        Brockton, MA95,7406471,7302,376
        Source: The Brockton, MA 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.