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72%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
90%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
69%
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 peopleBuffalo Grove/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime276n/a (estimate)6501,9702,324
Murder4n/a9.47.86.3
Rape2n/a4.748.140.0
Robbery4n/a9.484.766.1
Assault6n/a14.1146.7268.2
Violent crime16n/a (estimate)38287370
Burglary29n/a68.3208.5269.8
Theft216n/a508.61,192.71,401.9
Vehicle theft15n/a35.3281.6282.7
Property crime260n/a (estimate)6121,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Buffalo Grove, IL

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Buffalo Grove is 72% lower 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 Buffalo Grove, there were 16 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 38 per 100,000 individuals, 89.8% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 260 property crimes, amounting to 612 per 100,000 residents, 68.7% lower than the U.S. average.

Buffalo Grove enjoys a remarkably low crime rate, standing at just 650, a significant contrast to the national average of 2324. This distinction firmly establishes Buffalo Grove as one of the safest places to reside in the entire United States. This crime rate is meticulously calculated, taking into account the total occurrences of both violent and property crimes per 100,000 individuals, providing a comprehensive perspective on the area's safety and livability.

Buffalo Grove distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 38 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Buffalo Grove among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

Since 1990, property crime rates per 100,000 people in the United States have steadily decreased. Recently, the average did increase slightly. Having said that, Buffalo Grove has a property crime rate that is well below the national average with only 612 reported property crimes compared to the national average of 1954. Based on this report, Buffalo Grove remains a very safe place to live with regards to property crime.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Buffalo Grove?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Buffalo Grove. Based on the results of the surveys (17 responses), 88% of people felt that there was very little crime in Buffalo Grove and felt safe walking alone at night. While 12% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Buffalo Grove a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Buffalo Grove is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Buffalo Grove has an overall crime rate that is 72% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.76 daily occurrences, comprising 0.04 violent crimes and 0.71 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Buffalo Grove as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Buffalo Grove 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 Buffalo Grove 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 Buffalo Grove has decreased by 7.7% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 45.5% and property crime has decreased by 9.7%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Buffalo Grove

In Buffalo Grove, 96.1% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

In Buffalo Grove, the cost of living is 23.11% higher than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

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 Buffalo Grove, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 1.85 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.

Buffalo Grove crime map



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

  • Buffalo Grove crime rates are 72% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Buffalo Grove are 90% lower than the national average
  • In Buffalo Grove you have a 1 in 154 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Buffalo Grove is safer than 88% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Buffalo Grove has decreased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Buffalo Grove (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Buffalo Grove, IL per 100,000 people. In Buffalo Grove, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 3.03 times less than the Illinois average and 3.58 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Buffalo Grove is 7.63 times less than the Illinois average and 9.82 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Buffalo Grove has a daily crime rate that is 2.75 times less than the Illinois average and 3.19 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Buffalo Grove (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Illinois and all other cities across the US, is Buffalo Grove safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Buffalo Grove is safer than 77% of other cities in the state of Illinois. In addition, Buffalo Grove is safer than 88% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Illinois and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Buffalo Grove. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Buffalo Grove is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Buffalo Grove

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Buffalo Grove is 1 in 2655
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Buffalo Grove is 1 in 164
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Buffalo Grove is 1 in 154
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Buffalo Grove, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 2655. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 164 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Buffalo Grove is 1 in 154.

        Year Over Year Crime In Buffalo Grove (per 100,000 people)

        Determining whether Buffalo Grove is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Buffalo Grove violent crime rates have increased by 41%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 13% year over year. Total crimes for Buffalo Grove has decreased by 11% in the same time frame.

        Buffalo Grove police department

        Item Buffalo Grove Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7730,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.82.63.3
        There are a total of 77 Buffalo Grove police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30.2% less than the Illinois average and 43.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Illinois

        State Total offenders Illinois /100K National /100K
        Illinois32,213263266
        There are a total of 32,213 sex offenders in Illinois. This yields a total of 263 sex offenders in Illinois per 100,000 residents which is 1% less than the national average.

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        Source: The Buffalo Grove, IL 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.