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 peopleIndependence/100k peopleMissouri/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,652n/a (estimate)3,8372,8282,324
Violent crime640n/a (estimate)528488370
Vehicle theft911n/a751.3487.1282.7
Property crime4,012n/a (estimate)3,3092,3401,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Independence, MO

The Independence crime rates are 65.1% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 640 violent crimes in Independence (528 per 100,000 people), which is 42.7% higher than the national average and there were a total of 4012 property crimes (3309 per 100,000 residents) which is 69.3% higher than average.

Vehicle thefts across all of America are on the rise and Independence has one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. In the most recent crime report, Independence reported 911 vehicle thefts, which equates to 751 stolen vehicles per 100,000 people. This falls in the bottom 10% of all cities, meaning that 90% of cities have better vehicle theft rates. The chance of having your vehicle stolen in Independence is 1 in 134.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Independence?

What do the local residents think about crime in Independence? Well, based on a recent survey of 74 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 24% of Independence residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 76% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Independence a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Independence a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Independence crime rate is 65% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 12.75 crimes per day - 1.75 violent crimes and 10.99 property crimes.

Has Crime in Independence 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 Independence 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 Independence has decreased by 8% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 5% and property crime has decreased by 8.4%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Independence

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Independence crime rates. The population density in Independence is 1502.4 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Independence, 83.1% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Independence, the cost of living is 16.74% lower than the national average.

Independence crime map

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

      • Independence crime rates are 65% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Independence are 43% higher than the national average
      • In Independence you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Independence is safer than 13% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Independence has decreased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Independence (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Independence for every 100,000 residents. The Independence total amount of daily crime is 1.36 times more than the Missouri average and 1.65 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Independence, is 1.08 times more than the Missouri average, and it is 1.43 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Independence has a daily crime average that is 1.41 times more than the Missouri average and 1.69 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Independence (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Independence, Missouri compared to other areas of Missouri, 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 15% of Missouri cities, and 13% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Missouri, 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 190
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Independence is 1 in 31
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Independence is 1 in 27
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Independence? If you reside in Independence, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 190. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 31 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 Independence, is 1 in 27.

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

        Determining whether Independence is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Independence violent crime rates have decreased by 8%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 12% year over year. Total crimes for Independence has decreased by 11% in the same time frame.

        Independence police department

        Item Independence Missouri National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)26912,115558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.33.73.3
        There are a total of 269 Independence police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 38.6% less than the Missouri average and 29.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Missouri

        State Total offenders Missouri /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 19,657 sex offenders in Missouri. This yields a total of 344 sex offenders in Missouri per 100,000 residents which is 29% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lake Tapawingo, MO9780128128
        Weatherby Lake, MO2,51068328397
        Westwood Hills, KS473168805972
        Oakview, MO44501,1021,102
        Oakwood, MO1881979451,143
        Pleasant Valley, MO3,0173299151,244
        Lake Lotawana, MO2,9281281,1491,277
        Independence, MO117,1395283,3093,837

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Rochester, MN117,1342231,8732,096
        Beaumont, TX117,3211,0803,8824,962
        Provo, UT116,8861471,3991,547
        Lansing, MI117,4881,2792,6913,970
        Fairfield, CA116,5444932,5463,039
        Independence, MO117,1395283,3093,837
        Source: The Independence, MO 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.