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Total crime 16%
Violent crime 6%
Property crime 18%
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 peopleMadison/100k peopleWisconsin/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime7,765n/a (estimate)3,0041,8552,580
Murder5n/a1.93.05.0
Rape116n/a44.938.742.6
Robbery240n/a92.960.086.2
Assault682n/a263.9193.7246.8
Violent crime1,043n/a (estimate)404295381
Burglary1,061n/a410.5242.5376.0
Theft5,129n/a1,984.51,168.91,594.6
Vehicle theft532n/a205.8148.5228.9
Property crime6,722n/a (estimate)2,6011,5602,200

Key findings

  • Madison crime rates are 16% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Madison are 6% higher than the national average
  • In Madison you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Madison is safer than 25% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Madison has decreased by 1%

Madison crime map

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      Daily Crime In Madison (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Madison, WI per 100,000 people. In Madison, the total number of daily crimes is 1.62 times more than the Wisconsin average and 1.16 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Madison is 1.37 times more than the Wisconsin average and 1.06 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Madison has a daily crime rate that is 1.67 times more than the Wisconsin average and 1.18 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Madison (higher is better)

      How safe is Madison, Wisconsin compared to other cities in Wisconsin and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Madison is safer than 7% of the cities in Wisconsin and 25% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Wisconsin and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Madison. Overall, Madison is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Madison

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Madison is 1 in 248
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Madison is 1 in 39
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Madison is 1 in 34
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Madison, Wisconsin you have a 1 in 248 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Madison.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Madison, WI is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Madison has increased by 8%, while the property crime rate in Madison has decreased by 2% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Madison has decreased by 1% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Madison police department

      ItemMadisonWisconsinNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)5559,355558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.32.43.3
      There are a total of 555 Madison police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 2.2% less than the Wisconsin average and 28.1% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Wisconsin

      StateTotal offendersWisconsin /100KNational /100K
      Wisconsin24,983456266
      There are a total of 24,983 sex offenders in Wisconsin. This yields a total of 456 sex offenders in Wisconsin per 100,000 residents which is 71% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Cottage Grove, WI6,72985299384
      Dane, WI1,04388466555
      Cross Plains, WI3,91446577623
      Windsor, WI6,658122646768
      Waunakee, WI13,092143657800
      Maple Bluff, WI1,4520825825
      Oregon, WI9,91238920957
      Madison, WI246,0344042,6013,004

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Norfolk, VA245,7244643,4643,928
      Irvine, CA246,992561,2701,326
      Lubbock, TX244,5079974,5635,559
      Chandler, AZ242,1312372,1212,358
      Laredo, TX251,6713372,4102,747
      Madison, WI246,0344042,6013,004
      Source: The Madison, WI 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.