Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDamascus/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2n/a (estimate)5213,0972,324
Violent crime1n/a (estimate)260645370
Vehicle theft0n/a0.0250.7282.7
Property crime1n/a (estimate)2602,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Damascus, AR

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Damascus is 77.6% lower than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Damascus, there were 1 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 260 per 100,000 individuals, 29.6% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 1 property crimes, amounting to 260 per 100,000 residents, 86.7% lower than the U.S. average.

Boasting a crime rate of 521, well below the national average of 2324, Damascus emerges as a standout destination for those seeking a secure place to reside in the United States. This crime rate is derived from the total occurrences of both violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents, underscoring the unwavering dedication of Damascus to ensure a safe living environment for its residents.

During the most recently reported crime year, Damascus experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

The property crime rates per 100,000 individuals have shown a steady decrease of more than 50% since 1990, with a slight uptick in recent years. The most recent crime data reveals that Damascus records a property crime rate of 260 incidents per 100,000 people, significantly lower than the national average of 1954. This underscores Damascus as an exceptionally secure and attractive residential destination, highlighting its unwavering dedication to fostering safety and community well-being.

The United States faces a global challenge with vehicle theft rates, averaging around 300 incidents per 100,000 individuals. Interestingly, only a limited proportion, approximately 10%, of cities have been fortunate enough to not report any stolen vehicles. In the latest crime report, Damascus was among these cities, with no reported vehicle thefts, reaffirming its commitment to safety and security.

Is Damascus a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Damascus a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Damascus crime rate is 78% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.01 crimes per day - 0 violent crimes and 0 property crimes.

Potential Causes for Crime in Damascus

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Damascus, 89.1% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Damascus, the cost of living is 17.86% lower than the national average.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Damascus has a median home price of $118,400, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Damascus crime map

The Damascus crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Damascus as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Damascus crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Damascus crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Damascus crime rates are 78% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Damascus are 30% lower than the national average
  • In Damascus you have a 1 in 192 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Damascus is safer than 59% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Damascus has not changed

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        Daily Crime In Damascus (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Damascus

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Damascus is 1 in 384
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Damascus is 1 in 384
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Damascus is 1 in 192

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

        Damascus police department

        Item Damascus Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a5,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.93.3

        Sex offenders in Arkansas

        State Total offenders Arkansas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,875 sex offenders in Arkansas. This yields a total of 323 sex offenders in Arkansas per 100,000 residents which is 21% greater than the national average.

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        Source: The Damascus, AR crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.