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Total crime 61%
Violent crime 83%
Property crime 57%
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 peopleCary/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,674n/a (estimate)9702,7292,489
Murder1n/a0.66.05.0
Rape12n/a7.031.042.6
Robbery34n/a19.772.581.6
Assault67n/a38.8262.4250.2
Violent crime114n/a (estimate)66372379
Burglary185n/a107.2519.1340.5
Theft1,298n/a752.41,666.01,549.5
Vehicle theft77n/a44.6172.2219.9
Property crime1,560n/a (estimate)9042,3572,110

Key findings

  • Cary crime rates are 61% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Cary are 83% lower than the national average
  • In Cary you have a 1 in 104 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Cary is safer than 81% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Cary has decreased by 7%

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      Daily Crime In Cary (per 100,000 people)

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Cary, North Carolina is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Cary are 2.81 times less than the North Carolina average and 2.57 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Cary are 5.63 times less than than North Carolina and 5.74 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Cary are 2.61 times less than than North Carolina and 2.33 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Cary (higher is better)

      How safe is Cary, North Carolina compared to other cities in North Carolina and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Cary is safer than 94% of the cities in North Carolina and 81% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in North Carolina and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Cary. Overall, Cary is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Cary

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Cary is 1 in 1514
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Cary is 1 in 111
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Cary is 1 in 104
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Cary? In Cary, you have a 1 in 1514 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 111. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Cary, NC is 1 in 104.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Cary, NC is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Cary has increased by 6%, while the property crime rate in Cary has decreased by 7% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Cary has decreased by 7% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Cary police department

      ItemCaryNorth CarolinaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)21514,511558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.54.83.3
      There are a total of 215 Cary police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 68.1% less than the North Carolina average and 53.1% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in North Carolina

      StateTotal offendersNorth Carolina /100KNational /100K
      North Carolina26,293320266
      There are a total of 26,293 sex offenders in North Carolina. This yields a total of 320 sex offenders in North Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 20% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Fearrington Village, NC2,98458370428
      Holly Springs, NC30,12665664728
      Apex, NC43,893949361,031
      Fuquay-Varina, NC22,722849521,036
      Morrisville, NC22,600421,3161,358
      Chapel Hill, NC59,005941,5071,601
      Raleigh, NC441,3262561,7832,039
      Cary, NC155,82266904970

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Salinas, CA155,8894982,2512,749
      McKinney, TX156,8211439931,137
      Palmdale, CA156,8234191,4191,838
      Hayward, CA154,5073423,0243,365
      Fort Collins, CO157,2512172,1732,390
      Cary, NC155,82266904970
      Source: The Cary, NC 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.