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 peopleElgin/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,066n/a (estimate)9421,9702,324
Violent crime215n/a (estimate)190287370
Vehicle theft83n/a73.3281.6282.7
Property crime851n/a (estimate)7521,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Elgin, IL

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Elgin is 59.5% lower than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Elgin, there were 215 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 190 per 100,000 individuals, 48.6% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 851 property crimes, amounting to 752 per 100,000 residents, 61.5% lower than the U.S. average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Elgin?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Elgin residents. Out of the respondents (44 in total), 36% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Elgin were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 64% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Elgin a Safe Place to Live?

Is Elgin 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, Elgin has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 59%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 2.92 daily incidents, encompassing 0.59 violent crimes and 2.33 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Elgin as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Elgin Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Elgin crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Elgin has decreased by 35.5% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 3.6% and property crime has decreased by 40.5%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Elgin

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in Elgin crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. Elgin has an unemployment rate of 4.4%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

Elgin has a population density of 2946.9 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 Elgin crime rates.

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 Elgin, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 1.97 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.

Elgin crime map

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

      • Elgin crime rates are 59% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Elgin are 49% lower than the national average
      • In Elgin you have a 1 in 107 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Elgin is safer than 62% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Elgin has decreased by 36%

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        Daily Crime In Elgin (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Elgin, Illinois is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Elgin are 2.09 times less than the Illinois average and 2.47 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Elgin are 1.51 times less than than Illinois and 1.95 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Elgin are 2.24 times less than than Illinois and 2.60 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Elgin (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Illinois and all other cities across the US, is Elgin safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Elgin is safer than 37% of other cities in the state of Illinois. In addition, Elgin is safer than 62% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Illinois and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Elgin. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Elgin is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Elgin

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Elgin is 1 in 527
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Elgin is 1 in 134
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Elgin is 1 in 107
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Elgin? If you reside in Elgin, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 527. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 134 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 Elgin, is 1 in 107.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Elgin, Illinois (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 Elgin has decreased by 5%, the amount of property crime in Elgin has decreased by 41%, and the total amount of crime in Elgin has decreased by 36% year over year.

        Elgin police department

        Item Elgin Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)21530,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.02.63.3
        There are a total of 215 Elgin police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 25.6% less than the Illinois average and 39.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Illinois

        State Total offenders Illinois /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 32,213 sex offenders in Illinois. This yields a total of 263 sex offenders in Illinois per 100,000 residents which is 1% less than the national average.

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        Elgin, IL112,062190752942

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        Elgin, IL112,062190752942
        Source: The Elgin, IL 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.