Annual Crime In Dover (2018)

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDover/100k peopleDelaware/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,111n/a (estimate)5,5882,7482,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDover/100k peopleDelaware/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder4n/a10.65.05.0
Rape20n/a52.934.942.6
Robbery43n/a113.889.586.2
Assault234n/a619.4294.2246.8
Violent crime301n/a (estimate)797424381
Burglary58n/a153.5326.5376.0
Theft1,663n/a4,402.01,845.31,594.6
Vehicle theft89n/a235.6152.6228.9
Property crime1,810n/a (estimate)4,7912,3242,200

Key findings

  • Dover crime rates are 117% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Dover are 109% higher than the national average
  • In Dover you have a 1 in 18 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Dover is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Dover has decreased by 3%

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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 2.03 times more than the Delaware average and 2.17 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Dover are 1.88 times more than the Delaware average and 2.09 times more than the national average. For property crime, Dover has a daily crime rate that is 2.06 times more than the Delaware average and 2.18 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? The evidence provided by these graphs show Dover being safer than 12% of cities in Delaware and 4% 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 126
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Dover is 1 in 21
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Dover is 1 in 18
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Dover, DE? If you reside in Dover, then there is a 1 in 126 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 21. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 18 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 decreased by 2%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 4% year over year. Total crimes for Dover has decreased by 3% 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, DE2,9931568531,009
      Wyoming, DE1,5753278491,176
      Highland Acres, DE3,7921891,0331,222
      Kent Acres, DE2,3481951,0701,265
      Rodney Village, DE1,4742101,1501,359
      Clayton, DE3,0804858801,365
      Rising Sun-Lebanon, DE3,7442131,1701,383
      Dover, DE37,3517974,7915,588

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Mission Bend, TX37,3345273,0323,559
      Texarkana, TX37,3894565,1095,566
      East Meadow, NY37,2282741,1261,400
      Keizer, OR37,4972142,2352,449
      Mechanicsville, VA37,2012301,9162,146
      Dover, DE37,3517974,7915,588
      Source: The Dover, DE crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.