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Total crime 104%
Violent crime 62%
Property crime 112%
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleFort Lauderdale/100k peopleFlorida/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime8,820n/a (estimate)4,7842,1532,346
Murder37n/a20.15.96.5
Rape91n/a49.435.438.4
Robbery321n/a174.162.273.9
Assault709n/a384.6280.1279.7
Violent crime1,158n/a (estimate)628384388
Burglary1,074n/a582.6240.6314.2
Theft5,681n/a3,081.71,352.71,398.0
Vehicle theft907n/a492.0176.1246.0
Property crime7,662n/a (estimate)4,1561,7691,958

Key findings

  • Fort Lauderdale crime rates are 104% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Fort Lauderdale are 62% higher than the national average
  • In Fort Lauderdale you have a 1 in 21 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Fort Lauderdale is safer than 8% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Fort Lauderdale has decreased by 13%

Fort Lauderdale crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Fort Lauderdale (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Fort Lauderdale, FL per 100,000 people. In Fort Lauderdale, the total number of daily crimes is 2.22 times more than the Florida average and 2.04 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Fort Lauderdale is 1.64 times more than the Florida average and 1.62 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Fort Lauderdale has a daily crime rate that is 2.35 times more than the Florida average and 2.12 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Fort Lauderdale (higher is better)

      Is Fort Lauderdale safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Florida as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Fort Lauderdale to other cities in the state and across the country, Fort Lauderdale is 12% safer than other cities of Florida and 8% safer than other cities in the nation. Fort Lauderdale has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Fort Lauderdale

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Fort Lauderdale is 1 in 160
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Fort Lauderdale is 1 in 25
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Fort Lauderdale is 1 in 21
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Fort Lauderdale, Florida? If you reside in Fort Lauderdale, then there is a 1 in 160 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 25. 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 Fort Lauderdale.

      Year Over Year Crime In Fort Lauderdale (per 100,000 people)

      An ideal indicator of whether Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale has increased by 6% and the rate of property crime in Fort Lauderdale has decreased by 15%. The total crime rate in Fort Lauderdale has decreased by 13% year to year.

      Fort Lauderdale police department

      ItemFort LauderdaleFloridaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)66831,023558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.94.23.3
      There are a total of 668 Fort Lauderdale police officers. This results in 3.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 7.6% less than the Florida average and 20.3% greater than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Florida

      StateTotal offendersFlorida /100KNational /100K
      Florida53,771330266
      There are a total of 53,771 sex offenders in Florida. This yields a total of 330 sex offenders in Florida per 100,000 residents which is 24% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Hillsboro Beach, FL1,46749296345
      Parkland, FL28,35422562584
      Plantation CDP, FL4,995118541659
      Lazy Lake, FL34155715870
      Hillsboro Pines, FL510155715870
      Golden Beach, FL635107857964
      Cooper City, FL34,36495882978
      Fort Lauderdale, FL175,1536284,1564,784

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Chattanooga, TN175,4621,3596,3567,716
      Tempe, AZ174,7085503,5634,113
      Garden Grove, CA174,6762982,2942,592
      Port St. Lucie, FL175,652128807935
      Oceanside, CA173,8294061,8012,206
      Fort Lauderdale, FL175,1536284,1564,784
      Source: The Fort Lauderdale, FL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.