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Violent 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 peopleHighland Park/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime372n/a (estimate)1,2331,9702,324
Violent crime20n/a (estimate)66287370
Vehicle theft14n/a46.4281.6282.7
Property crime352n/a (estimate)1,1671,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Highland Park, IL

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Highland Park is 47% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 20 violent crimes reported in Highland Park, equivalent to 66 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 82.1%. Additionally, Highland Park recorded 352 property crimes, amounting to 1167 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 40.3%.

With only 66 incidents per 100,000 people, Highland Park boasts an exceptionally low rate of violent crimes, positioning it as one of the safest cities in the United States. Given these low violent crime rates, Highland Park has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Highland Park?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Highland Park residents. Out of the respondents (5 in total), 80% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Highland Park were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 20% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Highland Park a Safe Place to Live?

Is Highland Park 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, Highland Park has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 47%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 1.02 daily incidents, encompassing 0.05 violent crimes and 0.96 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Highland Park as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Highland Park Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Highland Park. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Highland Park has increased by 73.8%. Specifically, violent crime has didn't change by 0%, while property crime has increased by 81.4%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Highland Park.

Potential Causes for Crime in Highland Park

Highland Park reports an unemployment rate of 2.7%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Highland Park crime rates.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Highland Park, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 2.51, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

High rental costs can limit economic mobility, making it difficult for individuals to save money, invest in education, or access better job opportunities. This can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and increase the risk of involvement in criminal activities. In summary, high rental costs can create economic challenges, overcrowding, and neighborhood dynamics that may increase the likelihood of certain types of crime, particularly property crimes. In Highland Park, the average rental rates are $1,666 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Highland Park crime map

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

  • Highland Park crime rates are 47% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Highland Park are 82% lower than the national average
  • In Highland Park you have a 1 in 82 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Highland Park is safer than 75% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Highland Park has increased by 69%

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        Daily Crime In Highland Park (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Highland Park, IL per 100,000 people. In Highland Park, the total number of daily crimes is 1.60 times less than the Illinois average and 1.89 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Highland Park is 4.33 times less than the Illinois average and 5.58 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Highland Park has a daily crime rate that is 1.44 times less than the Illinois average and 1.68 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Highland Park (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Highland Park, Illinois compared to other areas of Illinois, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Highland Park safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Highland Park is safer than 56% of Illinois cities, and 75% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Illinois, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Highland Park. At this time, Highland Park sees a above average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Highland Park

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Highland Park is 1 in 1509
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Highland Park is 1 in 86
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Highland Park is 1 in 82
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Highland Park? If you reside in Highland Park, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 1509. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 86 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 Highland Park, is 1 in 82.

        Year Over Year Crime In Highland Park (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Highland Park is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Highland Park has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 3% in Highland Park, while property crimes in Highland Park have increased by 77%. Total crime has increased by 69% year over year.

        Highland Park police department

        Item Highland Park Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7530,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.52.63.3
        There are a total of 75 Highland Park police officers. This results in 2.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 5.2% less than the Illinois average and 22.8% 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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        Source: The Highland Park, 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.