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50%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
9%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
57%
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 peopleDenison/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime94n/a (estimate)1,1681,6182,324
Murder0n/a0.01.76.3
Rape4n/a49.742.540.0
Robbery0n/a0.021.666.1
Assault23n/a285.8220.7268.2
Violent crime27n/a (estimate)335287370
Burglary12n/a149.1218.6269.8
Theft43n/a534.3965.41,401.9
Vehicle theft12n/a149.1147.4282.7
Property crime67n/a (estimate)8331,3321,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Denison, IA

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Denison crime rate is 49.8% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Denison, there were 27 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 335 per 100,000 individuals, 9.3% lower than the national average. Additionally, Denison recorded 67 property crimes, amounting to 833 per 100,000 residents, 57.4% lower than the U.S. average.

The violent crime rate in Denison closely mirrors the national average among all cities that reported crime, with 335 incidents per 100,000 people. The national average for violent crime per 100,000 people was 370. This consistency highlights Denison as a community where safety standards are in line with the broader national landscape, providing residents with a reliable sense of security.

In the most recently reported crime year, Denison registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

Is Denison a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Denison is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Denison has a total crime rate that is 50% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.26 daily crimes (0.07 violent daily crimes and 0.18 daily property crimes) in Denison.

Has Crime in Denison Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Denison has increased by 10.6%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Denison, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 107.7%, while property crime has increased by 6.9%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Denison is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Denison

Denison has a population density of 1270.7 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Denison crime rates.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Denison, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 2.14, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

In Denison, the median home price stands at $99,500, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Denison crime map



The Denison crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Denison 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 Denison crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Denison 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

  • Denison crime rates are 50% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Denison are 9% lower than the national average
  • In Denison you have a 1 in 86 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Denison is safer than 43% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Denison has increased by 13%

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        Daily Crime In Denison (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Denison for every 100,000 residents. The Denison total amount of daily crime is 1.39 times less than the Iowa average and 1.99 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Denison, is 1.17 times more than the Iowa average, and it is 1.10 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Denison has a daily crime average that is 1.60 times less than the Iowa average and 2.35 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Denison (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Denison, Iowa compared to other areas of Iowa, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Denison safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Denison is safer than 55% of Iowa cities, and 43% 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 Denison. At this time, Denison sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Denison

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Denison is 1 in 299
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Denison is 1 in 121
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Denison is 1 in 86
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Denison, Iowa you have a 1 in 299 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 121 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 86 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Denison.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Denison, Iowa (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Denison has increased by 112%, the amount of property crime in Denison has decreased by 5%, and the total amount of crime in Denison has increased by 13% year over year.

        Denison police department

        Item Denison Iowa National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)183,827558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.11.83.3
        There are a total of 18 Denison police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 18.7% greater than the Iowa average and 34.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Iowa

        State Total offenders Iowa /100K National /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 Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Manning, IA1,550119553672
        Dunlap, IA1,214127591718
        Westside, IA2483371,5691,906
        Buck Grove, IA353451,6071,952
        Schleswig, IA9793631,6892,052
        Defiance, IA2163801,7692,148
        Vail, IA5933891,8102,199
        Denison, IA8,3193358331,168

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        Roxboro, NC8,3231,2874,4195,706
        Long Hill, CT8,3151261,2521,378
        Athol, MA8,3235787791,357
        Hawthorn Woods, IL8,313101591691
        Baxter, MN8,3261002,2272,327
        Denison, IA8,3193358331,168
        Source: The Denison, IA 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.