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 peopleDothan/100k peopleAlabama/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,435n/a (estimate)4,8252,1482,324
Violent crime749n/a (estimate)1,052409370
Vehicle theft108n/a151.7202.3282.7
Property crime2,686n/a (estimate)3,7731,7391,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Dothan, AL

The Dothan crime rates are 107.6% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 749 violent crimes in Dothan (1052 per 100,000 people), which is 184.5% higher than the national average and there were a total of 2686 property crimes (3773 per 100,000 residents) which is 93% higher than average.

Having a crime rate of 4825 per 100,000 residents, Dothan experiences a crime rate that is 107.59% higher when compared to the national average, leading to one of the highest overall crime rates in the nation. It's important to clarify that this doesn't imply the entire city is unsafe. Like any area, Dothan contains neighborhoods with varying safety levels and you can find areas that are notably safer than others, emphasizing the need for targeted crime prevention efforts and community engagement initiatives.

With a violent crime rate of 1052 crimes per 100,000 residents, Dothan is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, Dothan ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 96 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Dothan is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 14 murders in Dothan, which equates to 20 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Dothan being a very dangerous place to live.

With a property crime rate of 3773 crimes per 100,000 people, Dothan unfortunately has the distinction of being among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime. The likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Dothan is alarmingly high, estimated at 1 in 27, significantly surpassing the national average. This data emphasizes the city's pressing need for concerted efforts to address and reduce property crime, ensuring a safer environment for its residents.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Dothan?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Dothan residents. Out of the respondents (83 in total), 39% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Dothan were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 61% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Dothan a Safe Place to Live?

Is Dothan a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Dothan has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 108%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 9.41 daily incidents, encompassing 2.05 violent crimes and 7.36 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Dothan as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Dothan Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Dothan has increased by 887.1%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Dothan, 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 1001.5%, while property crime has increased by 859.3%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Dothan is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Dothan

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 Dothan, the cost of living is 8.23% lower than the national average.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Dothan, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 3.36 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

In Dothan, the average rental rates are $767 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Dothan crime map

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

      • Dothan crime rates are 108% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Dothan are 184% higher than the national average
      • In Dothan you have a 1 in 21 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Dothan is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Dothan has increased by 867%

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        Daily Crime In Dothan (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Dothan, per 100,000 residents. In Dothan, the total number of daily crimes is 2.25 times more than the Alabama average and 2.08 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Dothan are 2.57 times more than the Alabama average and 2.84 times more than the national average. For property crime, Dothan has a daily crime rate that is 2.17 times more than the Alabama average and 1.93 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Dothan (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Dothan in comparison to other Alabama communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Dothan safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Dothan being safer than 2% of cities in Alabama and 3% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Alabama cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Dothan. In conclusion, Dothan ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Dothan

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Dothan is 1 in 96
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Dothan is 1 in 27
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Dothan is 1 in 21
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Dothan, Alabama? If you reside in Dothan, then there is a 1 in 96 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 27. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 21 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Dothan.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Dothan is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Dothan has increased by 985% and the rate of property crime in Dothan has increased by 841%. The total crime rate in Dothan has increased by 867% year to year.

        Dothan police department

        Item Dothan Alabama National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2239,968558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.44.13.3
        There are a total of 223 Dothan police officers. This results in 3.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 17.1% less than the Alabama average and 3.5% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Alabama

        State Total offenders Alabama /100K National /100K
        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

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Kinsey, AL2,45804444
        Slocomb, AL1,94148476524
        Ashford, AL2,431177443621
        Rehobeth, AL1,917152647800
        Webb, AL1,437182774956
        Headland, AL4,68438959996
        Malvern, AL1,7021988411,039
        Dothan, AL68,6081,0523,7734,825

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Camarillo, CA68,583541,2871,340
        Davis, CA68,6402542,8153,068
        Daytona Beach, FL68,7119282,6753,603
        Eau Claire, WI68,7201382,2272,365
        North Port, FL68,7791209441,063
        Dothan, AL68,6081,0523,7734,825
        Source: The Dothan, AL 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.