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Total crime 99%
Violent crime 8%
Property crime 117%
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDecatur/100k peopleAlabama/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,536n/a (estimate)4,6782,5902,346
Murder1n/a1.89.66.5
Rape31n/a57.232.738.4
Robbery58n/a107.054.273.9
Assault138n/a254.6357.1279.7
Violent crime228n/a (estimate)421454388
Burglary445n/a820.9399.5314.2
Theft1,692n/a3,121.41,515.31,398.0
Vehicle theft171n/a315.5222.0246.0
Property crime2,308n/a (estimate)4,2582,1371,958

Key findings

  • Decatur crime rates are 99% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Decatur are 8% higher than the national average
  • In Decatur you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Decatur is safer than 15% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Decatur has not changed

Decatur crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Decatur (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Decatur, per 100,000 residents. In Decatur, the total number of daily crimes is 1.81 times more than the Alabama average and 1.99 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Decatur are 1.08 times less than the Alabama average and 1.08 times more than the national average. For property crime, Decatur has a daily crime rate that is 1.99 times more than the Alabama average and 2.17 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Decatur (higher is better)

      How safe is Decatur, Alabama compared to other cities in Alabama and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Decatur is safer than 42% of the cities in Alabama and 15% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Alabama and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Decatur. Overall, Decatur is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Decatur

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Decatur is 1 in 238
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Decatur is 1 in 24
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Decatur is 1 in 22
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Decatur? If you reside in Decatur, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 238. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 24 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 Decatur, is 1 in 22.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Decatur, AL is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Decatur has not changed, while the property crime rate in Decatur has not changed year over year. Summing up the numbers, Decatur has not changed with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Decatur police department

      ItemDecaturAlabamaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1569,968558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.84.13.3
      There are a total of 156 Decatur police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 31.5% less than the Alabama average and 14.5% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Alabama

      StateTotal offendersAlabama /100KNational /100K
      Alabama10,698231266
      There are a total of 10,698 sex offenders in Alabama. This yields a total of 231 sex offenders in Alabama per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Priceville, AL3,060126592718
      Mooresville, AL691838631,047
      Madison, AL46,3961969231,119
      Trinity, AL2,1104621,1551,617
      Hartselle, AL14,4754242,4542,878
      Athens, AL24,461502,9342,984
      Somerville, AL7515482,5823,130
      Decatur, AL55,4194214,2584,678

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Hempstead, NY55,4546461,0281,675
      Anderson, IN55,3424413,8184,259
      Weymouth Town, MA55,601224759983
      South Hill, WA55,1943713,4483,819
      Pflugerville, TX55,7121201,3711,491
      Decatur, AL55,4194214,2584,678
      Source: The Decatur, AL 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.