Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleKent/100k peopleOhio/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime366n/a (estimate)1,3202,0762,324
Violent crime39n/a (estimate)141294370
Vehicle theft22n/a79.4234.5282.7
Property crime327n/a (estimate)1,1801,7831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Kent, OH

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Kent crime rate is lower than the national average by 43.2%. Specifically, there were 39 violent crimes in Kent, equivalent to 141 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 62%. Furthermore, Kent recorded 327 property crimes, amounting to 1180 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 39.7%.

In the most recently reported crime year, Kent registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Kent?

What do the local residents think about crime in Kent? Well, based on a recent survey of 12 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 75% of Kent residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 25% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Kent a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Kent is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Kent has a total crime rate that is 43% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 1 daily crimes (0.11 violent daily crimes and 0.9 daily property crimes) in Kent.

Has Crime in Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent has increased by 3.4% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 85.7% and property crime has increased by 1.8%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Kent

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Kent crime rate. The poverty level in Kent is 23.9%, while the national average is 15.1%.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Kent, the cost of living is 9.84% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

In Kent, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 1.87 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

Kent crime map

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

      • Kent crime rates are 43% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Kent are 62% lower than the national average
      • In Kent you have a 1 in 76 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Kent is safer than 63% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Kent has increased by 10%

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        Daily Crime In Kent (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Kent, per 100,000 residents. In Kent, the total number of daily crimes is 1.57 times less than the Ohio average and 1.76 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Kent are 2.09 times less than the Ohio average and 2.63 times less than the national average. For property crime, Kent has a daily crime rate that is 1.51 times less than the Ohio average and 1.66 times less than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Kent (higher is better)

        Is Kent safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Ohio as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Kent to other cities in the state and across the country, Kent is 50% safer than other cities of Ohio and 63% safer than other cities in the nation. Kent has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Kent

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Kent is 1 in 711
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Kent is 1 in 85
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Kent is 1 in 76
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Kent? If you reside in Kent, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 711. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 85 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 Kent, is 1 in 76.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Kent, OH is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Kent has increased by 96%, while the property crime rate in Kent has increased by 4% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Kent has increased by 9% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Kent police department

        Item Kent Ohio National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)5417,044558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.92.73.3
        There are a total of 54 Kent police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30.9% less than the Ohio average and 42.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Ohio

        State Total offenders Ohio /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 17,872 sex offenders in Ohio. This yields a total of 156 sex offenders in Ohio per 100,000 residents which is 41% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Boston Heights, OH1,19441250292
        Silver Lake, OH2,49646280326
        Glenwillow, OH93350303352
        Brecksville, OH13,52130356386
        Richfield, OH3,76756340396
        Hudson, OH22,24926419445
        Munroe Falls, OH5,069140320459
        Kent, OH29,6981411,1801,320

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Rahway, NJ29,6911399751,114
        Westfield, NJ29,69016761777
        Middle River, MD29,6655942,4403,033
        Parkersburg, WV29,7324423,4643,905
        San Carlos, CA29,6472161,0121,228
        Kent, OH29,6981411,1801,320
        Source: The Kent, OH 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.