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Total crime 33%
Violent crime 5%
Property crime 38%
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 peopleIndependence/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime102n/a (estimate)1,6762,0002,489
Murder0n/a0.01.95.0
Rape0n/a0.036.942.6
Robbery2n/a32.927.481.6
Assault20n/a328.6200.4250.2
Violent crime22n/a (estimate)361267379
Burglary20n/a328.6371.1340.5
Theft53n/a870.91,199.61,549.5
Vehicle theft7n/a115.0163.0219.9
Property crime80n/a (estimate)1,3141,7342,110

Key findings

  • Independence crime rates are 33% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Independence are 5% lower than the national average
  • In Independence you have a 1 in 60 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Independence is safer than 36% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Independence has decreased by 22%

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      Daily Crime In Independence (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Independence, IA per 100,000 people. In Independence, the total number of daily crimes is 1.19 times less than the Iowa average and 1.49 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Independence is 1.36 times more than the Iowa average and 1.05 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Independence has a daily crime rate that is 1.32 times less than the Iowa average and 1.61 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Independence (higher is better)

      What are the odds that you'll be safer in Independence, Iowa compared to other areas of Iowa, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Independence safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Independence is safer than 36% of Iowa cities, and 36% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Iowa, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Independence. At this time, Independence sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Independence

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Independence is 1 in 277
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Independence is 1 in 77
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Independence is 1 in 60
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Independence? In Independence, you have a 1 in 277 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 77. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Independence, IA is 1 in 60.

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

      A good indicator of whether Independence is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Independence has increased by 81%, while the property crime rate in Independence has decreased by 32% year over year. The number of total crimes in Independence has decreased by 22% year over year.

      Independence police department

      ItemIndependenceIowaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)123,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.01.83.3
      There are a total of 12 Independence police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 11.4% greater than the Iowa average and 38.3% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Iowa

      StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
      Iowa6,040205266
      There are a total of 6,040 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 205 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Fairbank, IA1,16893606700
      Jesup, IA2,80994607701
      La Porte City, IA2,403118766884
      Oelwein, IA6,1953061,5461,852
      Dunkerton, IA8952761,7932,069
      Walker, IA8412881,8722,160
      Quasqueton, IA4833262,1192,446
      Independence, IA6,0053611,3141,676

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Port Clinton, OH6,0042541,8432,097
      Cresaptown, MD6,0025832,5063,089
      Jamesburg, NJ6,001169320489
      Paulsboro, NJ6,0092401,9562,196
      Wilmington, IL6,0103751,7002,075
      Independence, IA6,0053611,3141,676
      Source: The Independence, IA 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.