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Total crime 140%
Violent crime 37%
Property crime 170%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCouncil Bluffs/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,867n/a (estimate)6,1821,9422,580
Murder1n/a1.61.75.0
Rape24n/a38.430.942.6
Robbery62n/a99.129.586.2
Assault63n/a100.7187.9246.8
Violent crime150n/a (estimate)240250381
Burglary435n/a695.5352.6376.0
Theft2,853n/a4,561.21,190.41,594.6
Vehicle theft429n/a685.9148.5228.9
Property crime3,717n/a (estimate)5,9431,6922,200

Key findings

  • Council Bluffs crime rates are 140% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Council Bluffs are 37% lower than the national average
  • In Council Bluffs you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Council Bluffs is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Council Bluffs has not changed

Council Bluffs crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Council Bluffs (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Council Bluffs on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Iowa and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Council Bluffs (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Iowa, are 3.18 times more than the state average and 2.40 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Council Bluffs on a daily basis are 1.04 times less than than Iowa average and 1.59 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Council Bluffs are 3.51 times more than the daily state average and 2.70 times more than the daily national numbers.

      How Safe is Council Bluffs (higher is better)

      What are the odds that you'll be safer in Council Bluffs, Iowa compared to other areas of Iowa, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Council Bluffs safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Council Bluffs is safer than 20% of Iowa cities, and 19% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Iowa, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Council Bluffs. At this time, Council Bluffs sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Council Bluffs

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Council Bluffs is 1 in 417
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Council Bluffs is 1 in 17
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Council Bluffs is 1 in 17
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Council Bluffs, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 417. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 17 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Council Bluffs is 1 in 17.

      Year Over Year Crime In Council Bluffs (per 100,000 people)

      The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Council Bluffs is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Council Bluffs has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have not changed in Council Bluffs, while property crimes in Council Bluffs have not changed. Total crime has not changed year over year.

      Council Bluffs police department

      ItemCouncil BluffsIowaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1313,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.11.83.3
      There are a total of 131 Council Bluffs police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 15.9% greater than the Iowa average and 35.8% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Iowa

      StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
      Iowa6,040205266
      There are a total of 6,040 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 205 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Springfield, NE1,516100730830
      Carter Lake, IA3,7651369191,055
      Bentley, IA1071491,0111,160
      Cedar Creek, NE4321571,1471,304
      Treynor, IA9572111,4261,637
      Underwood, IA8082111,4271,637
      La Vista, NE17,064931,5721,665
      Council Bluffs, IA62,3262405,9436,182

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Dundalk, MD62,3377773,3704,147
      Haverhill, MA62,3405591,3981,957
      Hamilton, OH62,2595084,3284,836
      Broomfield, CO62,4491172,4282,545
      Encinitas, CA62,1601791,2481,427
      Council Bluffs, IA62,3262405,9436,182
      Source: The Council Bluffs, IA 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.