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Total crime 34%
Violent crime 13%
Property crime 42%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleLakeland/100k peopleFlorida/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,778n/a (estimate)3,4472,6672,580
Murder8n/a7.35.25.0
Rape47n/a42.939.642.6
Robbery106n/a96.779.386.2
Assault200n/a182.5260.8246.8
Violent crime361n/a (estimate)329385381
Burglary477n/a435.2337.7376.0
Theft2,737n/a2,496.91,750.81,594.6
Vehicle theft203n/a185.2193.3228.9
Property crime3,417n/a (estimate)3,1172,2822,200

Key findings

  • Lakeland crime rates are 34% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Lakeland are 13% lower than the national average
  • In Lakeland you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Lakeland is safer than 26% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Lakeland has decreased by 14%

Lakeland crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Lakeland (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Lakeland, FL per 100,000 people. In Lakeland, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.29 times more than the Florida average and 1.34 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Lakeland is 1.17 times less than the Florida average and 1.16 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Lakeland has a daily crime rate that is 1.37 times more than the Florida average and 1.42 times more than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Lakeland (higher is better)

      Is Lakeland 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 Lakeland to other cities in the state and across the country, Lakeland is 38% safer than other cities of Florida and 26% safer than other cities in the nation. Lakeland has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Lakeland

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Lakeland is 1 in 304
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Lakeland is 1 in 33
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Lakeland is 1 in 30
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Lakeland, Florida? If you reside in Lakeland, then there is a 1 in 304 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 33. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 30 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Lakeland.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether Lakeland 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 Lakeland has increased by 16% and the rate of property crime in Lakeland has decreased by 16%. The total crime rate in Lakeland has decreased by 14% year to year.

      Lakeland police department

      ItemLakelandFloridaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)42031,023558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.24.23.3
      There are a total of 420 Lakeland police officers. This results in 4.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 0.7% less than the Florida average and 29.3% 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

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Zephyrhills North, FL1,9612011,1931,394
      Polk City, FL2,1322071,2261,433
      Eagle Lake, FL2,4112101,2441,454
      Lake Alfred, FL5,3531481,4961,644
      Alturas, FL3,6792521,4961,748
      Lakeland Highlands, FL12,4262711,6051,875
      Mulberry, FL3,9252861,6951,981
      Lakeland, FL102,7143293,1173,447

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      El Cajon, CA102,8944932,1712,664
      Spring Hill, FL102,9295633,3373,900
      Rialto, CA102,4185212,9163,438
      Lewisville, TX102,3272562,2282,483
      Davenport, IA102,3057285,0935,821
      Lakeland, FL102,7143293,1173,447
      Source: The Lakeland, FL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.