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Total crime 26%
Violent crime 63%
Property crime 42%
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 peopleColumbus/100k peopleIndiana/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,506n/a (estimate)3,1382,3422,489
Murder0n/a0.05.65.0
Rape40n/a83.336.842.6
Robbery17n/a35.479.281.6
Assault10n/a20.8249.3250.2
Violent crime67n/a (estimate)140371379
Burglary130n/a270.9323.7340.5
Theft1,254n/a2,613.01,443.41,549.5
Vehicle theft55n/a114.6203.8219.9
Property crime1,439n/a (estimate)2,9981,9712,110

Key findings

  • Columbus crime rates are 26% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Columbus are 63% lower than the national average
  • In Columbus you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Columbus is safer than 32% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Columbus has decreased by 16%

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      Daily Crime In Columbus (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Columbus, IN per 100,000 people. In Columbus, the total number of daily crimes is 1.34 times more than the Indiana average and 1.26 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Columbus is 2.66 times less than the Indiana average and 2.72 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Columbus has a daily crime rate that is 1.52 times more than the Indiana average and 1.42 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Columbus (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Columbus in comparison to other Indiana communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Columbus safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Columbus being safer than 43% of cities in Indiana and 32% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Indiana cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Columbus. In conclusion, Columbus ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbus

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbus is 1 in 717
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbus is 1 in 34
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbus is 1 in 32
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Columbus? If you reside in Columbus, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 717. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 34 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Columbus, is 1 in 32.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Columbus, IN is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Columbus has decreased by 13%, while the property crime rate in Columbus has decreased by 16% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Columbus has decreased by 16% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Columbus police department

      ItemColumbusIndianaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)818,766558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.82.43.3
      There are a total of 81 Columbus police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 23.5% less than the Indiana average and 44.4% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Indiana

      StateTotal offendersIndiana /100KNational /100K
      Indiana12,315198266
      There are a total of 12,315 sex offenders in Indiana. This yields a total of 198 sex offenders in Indiana per 100,000 residents which is 26% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Cordry Sweetwater Lakes, IN1,01573390464
      Princes Lakes, IN1,424122646767
      Trafalgar, IN1,237145768912
      Taylorsville, IN1,058157833989
      Hope, IN2,2891941,0311,226
      Country Squire Lakes, IN3,4172801,4891,769
      Scipio, IN502881,5321,821
      Columbus, IN46,4741402,9983,138

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Jeffersonville, IN46,4152392,8103,049
      Draper, UT46,3991401,8451,985
      Madison, AL46,3962211,1551,376
      Glenview, IL46,559105826931
      San Jacinto, CA46,3752183,3103,529
      Columbus, IN46,4741402,9983,138
      Source: The Columbus, IN 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.