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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 peopleLubbock/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime13,731n/a (estimate)5,1982,7322,324
Violent crime2,809n/a (estimate)1,063432370
Vehicle theft1,217n/a460.7331.2282.7
Property crime10,922n/a (estimate)4,1352,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Lubbock, TX

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 Lubbock crime rate is higher than the national average by 123.7%. Specifically, there were 2809 violent crimes in Lubbock, equivalent to 1063 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 187.6%. Furthermore, Lubbock recorded 10922 property crimes, amounting to 4135 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 111.6%.

With a total of 5198 crimes per 100,000 people, the Lubbock crime rates stand at 123.66 higher than the national average. Consequently, the area grapples with one of the nation's highest total crime rates. Addressing this challenge is crucial for enhancing the safety and livability in Lubbock, making it a priority to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative efforts to secure a better future for residents and prospective residents.

Lubbock ranks among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting violent crime, earning its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous areas. With a violent crime rate of 1063 per 100,000 people, Lubbock is considered one of the most unsafe cities in America. This statistic translates to a 1 in 95 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Lubbock, underscoring the need for increased safety measures and community engagement to improve the city's security.

Every year, one in 25 people fall victim to a property crime in Lubbock - which is high compared to the national average. With a property crime rate of 4135 per 100,000 people, Lubbock has one of the highest property crime rates in the country. In fact, the city ranks among the worst 10% of all cities that reported crime last year.

Vehicle thefts across all of America are on the rise and Lubbock has one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. In the most recent crime report, Lubbock reported 1217 vehicle thefts, which equates to 461 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 Lubbock is 1 in 218.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Lubbock?

AreaVibes surveyed 139 local residents in Lubbock to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 40% of people answered that there was very little crime in Lubbock and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 60% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Lubbock a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Lubbock 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. Lubbock has a total crime rate that is 124% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 37.62 daily crimes (7.7 violent daily crimes and 29.92 daily property crimes) in Lubbock.

Has Crime in Lubbock 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 Lubbock 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 Lubbock has increased by 9.1% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 0.6% and property crime has increased by 11.9%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Lubbock

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 Lubbock, the cost of living is 13.45% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Lubbock is $147,900, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Elevated rental costs can generate economic strain for both individuals and families, particularly those with restricted financial means. When a substantial proportion of one's income is allocated to housing costs, it often leaves limited resources for fulfilling other crucial necessities such as groceries, healthcare and education. This financial pressure can fuel desperation, potentially prompting individuals to resort to criminal actions, including theft or fraud, as a means of coping with their financial hardships. In Lubbock, the average monthly rent stands at $958, while the national average is $949 per month.

Lubbock crime map

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

      • Lubbock crime rates are 124% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Lubbock are 188% higher than the national average
      • In Lubbock you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Lubbock is safer than 2% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Lubbock has increased by 10%

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        Daily Crime In Lubbock (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Lubbock, TX per 100,000 people. In Lubbock, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.90 times more than the Texas average and 2.24 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Lubbock is 2.46 times more than the Texas average and 2.88 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Lubbock has a daily crime rate that is 1.80 times more than the Texas average and 2.12 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Lubbock (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Lubbock, Texas compared to other areas of Texas, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Lubbock safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Lubbock is safer than 1% of Texas cities, and 2% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Texas, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Lubbock. At this time, Lubbock sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Lubbock

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Lubbock is 1 in 95
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Lubbock is 1 in 25
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Lubbock is 1 in 20
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Lubbock? In Lubbock, you have a 1 in 95 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 25. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Lubbock, TX is 1 in 20.

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

        A good indicator of whether Lubbock 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 Lubbock has not changed, while the property crime rate in Lubbock has increased by 13% year over year. The number of total crimes in Lubbock has increased by 10% year over year.

        Lubbock police department

        Item Lubbock Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)55646,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.33.03.3
        There are a total of 556 Lubbock police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 22% less than the Texas average and 27.9% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Texas

        State Total offenders Texas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 95,281 sex offenders in Texas. This yields a total of 443 sex offenders in Texas per 100,000 residents which is 67% 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
        Ransom Canyon, TX90361323383
        Wolfforth, TX5,13793494586
        Idalou, TX1,814236708944
        Shallowater, TX2,5732061,1661,371
        Slaton, TX5,9531561,9302,086
        Buffalo Springs, TX5923972,1152,513
        New Deal, TX1,0585803,0883,667
        Lubbock, TX257,0131,0634,1355,198

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Chandler, AZ257,0761821,8081,990
        Buffalo, NY255,8057363,2113,947
        Madison, WI258,3663012,3962,697
        Scottsdale, AZ254,9952331,1111,345
        Laredo, TX260,5713171,2851,602
        Lubbock, TX257,0131,0634,1355,198
        Source: The Lubbock, TX 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.