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Total crime 14%
Violent crime 16%
Property crime 20%
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Crime data for this area is not available from the FBI. Either data from local enforcement agencies is applied or estimates are created based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleColumbus/100k peopleMississippi/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime0n/a (estimate)2,667 (estimate)2,3932,346
Murdern/an/an/a10.66.5
Rapen/an/an/a38.738.4
Robberyn/an/an/a47.873.9
Assaultn/an/an/a194.0279.7
Violent crimen/an/a (estimate)324 (estimate)291388
Burglaryn/an/an/a488.3314.2
Theftn/an/an/a1,408.31,398.0
Vehicle theftn/an/an/a205.0246.0
Property crimen/an/a (estimate)2,343 (estimate)2,1021,958

Key findings

  • Columbus crime rates are 14% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Columbus are 16% lower than the national average
  • In Columbus you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Columbus is safer than 31% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Columbus has decreased by 10%

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      Daily Crime In Columbus (per 100,000 people)

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      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbus

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbus is 1 in 309
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbus is 1 in 43
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbus is 1 in 38

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

      Columbus police department

      ItemColumbusMississippiNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)944,806558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.03.83.3
      There are a total of 94 Columbus police officers. This results in 4.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 4.4% greater than the Mississippi average and 22.2% greater than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Mississippi

      StateTotal offendersMississippi /100KNational /100K
      Mississippi11,060380266
      There are a total of 11,060 sex offenders in Mississippi. This yields a total of 380 sex offenders in Mississippi per 100,000 residents which is 43% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Caledonia, MS1,50173525598
      New Hope, MS3,39394676769
      Crawford, MS4993942,8473,241
      Artesia, MS3674122,9773,389
      West Point, MS11,0425243,0643,587
      Ethelsville, AL1717343,4534,187
      Columbus, MS24,8333242,3432,667

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Austin, MN24,8412771,5911,868
      West Odessa, TX24,8216253,1463,771
      Elmwood Park, IL24,8452691,1081,377
      Galt, CA24,8482341,6561,891
      Coronado, CA24,852721,1241,196
      Columbus, MS24,8333242,3432,667
      Source: The Columbus, MS 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.