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Total crime 150%
Violent crime 129%
Property crime 154%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDover/100k peopleDelaware/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,391n/a (estimate)6,2332,6752,489
Murder4n/a10.44.95.0
Rape13n/a33.931.842.6
Robbery49n/a127.781.181.6
Assault268n/a698.6304.7250.2
Violent crime334n/a (estimate)871423379
Burglary82n/a213.8304.8340.5
Theft1,886n/a4,916.51,782.71,549.5
Vehicle theft89n/a232.0164.7219.9
Property crime2,057n/a (estimate)5,3622,2522,110

Key findings

  • Dover crime rates are 150% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Dover are 129% higher than the national average
  • In Dover you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Dover is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Dover has increased by 12%

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

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      Daily Crime In Dover (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Dover, per 100,000 residents. In Dover, the total number of daily crimes is 2.33 times more than the Delaware average and 2.50 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Dover are 2.06 times more than the Delaware average and 2.29 times more than the national average. For property crime, Dover has a daily crime rate that is 2.38 times more than the Delaware average and 2.54 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Dover (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Dover in comparison to other Delaware communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Dover safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Dover being safer than 12% of cities in Delaware and 3% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Delaware cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Dover. In conclusion, Dover ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Dover

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Dover is 1 in 115
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Dover is 1 in 19
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Dover is 1 in 17
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Dover, Delaware? If you reside in Dover, then there is a 1 in 115 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 19. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 17 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Dover.

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

      Determining whether Dover is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Dover violent crime rates have increased by 9%. At the same time, property crime has increased by 12% year over year. Total crimes for Dover has increased by 12% in the same time frame.

      Dover police department

      ItemDoverDelawareNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)120962558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.25.43.3
      There are a total of 120 Dover police officers. This results in 3.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 39.5% less than the Delaware average and 0.1% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Delaware

      StateTotal offendersDelaware /100KNational /100K
      Delaware4,039505266
      There are a total of 4,039 sex offenders in Delaware. This yields a total of 505 sex offenders in Delaware per 100,000 residents which is 90% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Riverview, DE2,993155827982
      Highland Acres, DE3,7921881,0011,189
      Clayton, DE3,0802031,0151,218
      Kent Acres, DE2,3481951,0371,231
      Rodney Village, DE1,4742091,1141,323
      Felton, DE1,5661411,1971,338
      Rising Sun-Lebanon, DE3,7442131,1341,347
      Dover, DE37,3518715,3626,233

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Mission Bend, TX37,3345373,0633,600
      Texarkana, TX37,3894204,5724,992
      East Meadow, NY37,2282811,0741,355
      Keizer, OR37,4971521,6161,768
      Mechanicsville, VA37,2012391,8902,129
      Dover, DE37,3518715,3626,233
      Source: The Dover, DE crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.