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Total crime 75%
Violent crime 162%
Property crime 57%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBuffalo/100k peopleNew York/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime10,436n/a (estimate)4,0991,7752,346
Murder61n/a24.04.26.5
Rape53n/a20.828.338.4
Robbery680n/a267.190.673.9
Assault1,798n/a706.1240.7279.7
Violent crime2,592n/a (estimate)1,018364388
Burglary1,146n/a450.1165.5314.2
Theft5,508n/a2,163.21,143.61,398.0
Vehicle theft1,190n/a467.4101.7246.0
Property crime7,844n/a (estimate)3,0811,4111,958

Key findings

  • Buffalo crime rates are 75% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Buffalo are 162% higher than the national average
  • In Buffalo you have a 1 in 25 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 3%

Buffalo crime map

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The Buffalo crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Buffalo 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 Buffalo crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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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 2.31 times more than the New York average and 1.75 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Buffalo is 2.80 times more than the New York average and 2.62 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Buffalo has a daily crime rate that is 2.18 times more than the New York average and 1.57 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 99
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Buffalo is 1 in 33
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Buffalo is 1 in 25
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Buffalo? In Buffalo, NY you have a 1 in 99 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 33 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 25 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 increased by 3%, while the property crime rate in Buffalo has decreased by 5% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Buffalo has decreased by 3% 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

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Billington Heights, NY1,358136529665
      Clarence Center, NY2,341146565711
      Elma Center, NY2,701146565711
      Clarence, NY2,927155600755
      Rapids, NY1,590163633796
      Wanakah, NY2,921175679854
      Town Line, NY2,125177686863
      Buffalo, NY258,9891,0183,0814,099

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Chula Vista, CA260,5983291,1711,501
      Fort Wayne, IN260,9544132,2472,659
      Jersey City, NJ261,6664431,4971,940
      Orlando, FL263,3068603,8034,664
      St. Petersburg, FL253,5856622,5563,218
      Buffalo, NY258,9891,0183,0814,099
      Source: The Buffalo, NY crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.