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 peopleLavaca/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime32n/a (estimate)1,2933,0972,324
Violent crime11n/a (estimate)445645370
Vehicle theft3n/a121.3250.7282.7
Property crime21n/a (estimate)8492,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Lavaca, AR

The Lavaca crime rates are 44.4% lower 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 11 violent crimes in Lavaca (445 per 100,000 people), which is 20.2% higher than the national average and there were a total of 21 property crimes (849 per 100,000 residents) which is 56.6% lower than average.

In the latest reported crime year, Lavaca recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

Is Lavaca a Safe Place to Live?

Is Lavaca 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, Lavaca has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 44%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.09 daily incidents, encompassing 0.03 violent crimes and 0.06 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Lavaca as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Lavaca Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Lavaca has increased by 28%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Lavaca, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 266.7%, while property crime has increased by 4.6%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Lavaca is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Lavaca

Lavaca has a population density of 1099.2 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Lavaca crime rates.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Lavaca, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 0 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

The median home price in Lavaca is $129,500, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

Lavaca crime map

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

  • Lavaca crime rates are 44% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Lavaca are 20% higher than the national average
  • In Lavaca you have a 1 in 78 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Lavaca is safer than 33% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Lavaca has increased by 27%

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        Daily Crime In Lavaca (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Lavaca

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Lavaca is 1 in 225
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Lavaca is 1 in 118
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Lavaca is 1 in 78

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

        Lavaca police department

        Item Lavaca Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a5,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.93.3

        Sex offenders in Arkansas

        State Total offenders Arkansas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,875 sex offenders in Arkansas. This yields a total of 323 sex offenders in Arkansas per 100,000 residents which is 21% greater than the national average.

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        Arkoma, OK1,84155328382
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        Lavaca, AR2,4424458491,293

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        Elm Springs, AR2,442107407514
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        Source: The Lavaca, AR 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.