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Total crime 70%
Violent crime 161%
Property crime 54%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBuffalo/100k peopleNew York/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime10,831n/a (estimate)4,2361,7322,489
Murder47n/a18.42.95.0
Rape121n/a47.333.842.6
Robbery802n/a313.792.981.6
Assault1,563n/a611.3229.0250.2
Violent crime2,533n/a (estimate)991359379
Burglary1,610n/a629.7141.9340.5
Theft6,009n/a2,350.11,166.11,549.5
Vehicle theft679n/a265.665.3219.9
Property crime8,298n/a (estimate)3,2451,3732,110

Key findings

  • Buffalo crime rates are 70% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Buffalo are 161% higher than the national average
  • In Buffalo you have a 1 in 24 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Buffalo is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Buffalo has decreased by 13%

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      Daily Crime In Buffalo (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Buffalo, NY per 100,000 people. In Buffalo, the total number of daily crimes is 2.45 times more than the New York average and 1.70 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Buffalo is 2.76 times more than the New York average and 2.61 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Buffalo has a daily crime rate that is 2.36 times more than the New York average and 1.54 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Buffalo (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Buffalo to every other city in New York, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Buffalo safe? The gauges above illustrate that Buffalo is safer than 3% of every city located within New York along with 4% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in New York and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Buffalo, NY is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Buffalo

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Buffalo is 1 in 101
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Buffalo is 1 in 31
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Buffalo is 1 in 24
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Buffalo? In Buffalo, NY you have a 1 in 101 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 31 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 24 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Buffalo.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Buffalo, NY is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Buffalo has decreased by 5%, while the property crime rate in Buffalo has decreased by 15% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Buffalo has decreased by 13% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Buffalo police department

      ItemBuffaloNew YorkNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)923109,351558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.52.93.3
      There are a total of 923 Buffalo police officers. This results in 3.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 22.7% greater than the New York average and 8.2% greater than the National average.

      Sex offenders in New York

      StateTotal offendersNew York /100KNational /100K
      New York25,064137266
      There are a total of 25,064 sex offenders in New York. This yields a total of 137 sex offenders in New York per 100,000 residents which is 48% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Billington Heights, NY1,358135515649
      Clarence Center, NY2,341144550694
      Elma Center, NY2,701144550694
      Clarence, NY2,927153584737
      Rapids, NY1,590161616777
      Wanakah, NY2,921173661834
      Town Line, NY2,125175668842
      Buffalo, NY258,9899913,2454,236

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Chula Vista, CA260,5983281,3861,715
      Fort Wayne, IN260,9543622,7613,123
      Jersey City, NJ261,6665231,9042,427
      Orlando, FL263,3067384,8275,565
      St. Petersburg, FL253,5855953,2103,805
      Buffalo, NY258,9899913,2454,236
      Source: The Buffalo, NY 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.