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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 peopleMilton/100k peopleDelaware/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime20n/a (estimate)5642,3482,324
Violent crime4n/a (estimate)113384370
Vehicle theft0n/a0.0169.9282.7
Property crime16n/a (estimate)4511,9641,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Milton, DE

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Milton is 75.8% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 4 violent crimes reported in Milton, equivalent to 113 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 69.5%. Additionally, Milton recorded 16 property crimes, amounting to 451 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 76.9%.

Boasting a crime rate of 564, well below the national average of 2324, Milton emerges as a standout destination for those seeking a secure place to reside in the United States. This crime rate is derived from the total occurrences of both violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents, underscoring the unwavering dedication of Milton to ensure a safe living environment for its residents.

Milton has one of the lowest violent crime rates of all cities in the United States. With a rate of 113 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Milton ranks among the safest cities in the United States making it an attractive choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Milton experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

The property crime rates per 100,000 individuals have shown a steady decrease of more than 50% since 1990, with a slight uptick in recent years. The most recent crime data reveals that Milton records a property crime rate of 451 incidents per 100,000 people, significantly lower than the national average of 1954. This underscores Milton as an exceptionally secure and attractive residential destination, highlighting its unwavering dedication to fostering safety and community well-being.

The United States grapples with some of the world's most elevated vehicle theft rates, reaching around 300 vehicle thefts per 100,000 individuals. Remarkably, only a limited proportion, approximately 10%, of cities have been fortunate enough to remain unscathed by reports of stolen vehicles. In the most recent crime report, Milton emerged as one such city, recording zero reported vehicle thefts, affirming its status as a secure and vigilant community.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Milton?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Milton. Based on the results of the surveys (13 responses), 8% of people felt that there was very little crime in Milton and felt safe walking alone at night. While 92% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Milton a Safe Place to Live?

Is Milton 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, Milton has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 76%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.05 daily incidents, encompassing 0.01 violent crimes and 0.04 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Milton as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Milton Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Milton. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Milton has decreased by 53.5%. Violent crimes have decreased by 50%, while property crimes have decreased by 54.3%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Milton

Milton has a poverty rate that stands at 10.5, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Milton crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

Milton has a population density of 1675.6 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 Milton crime rates.

Milton has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 4.15 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.25 nationwide. Crime rates are profoundly influenced by the effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing endeavors. A resilient and cooperative partnership between law enforcement agencies and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, ultimately enhancing safety. The efficacy of law enforcement extends beyond mere numbers and extends into the realm of community policing strategies, emphasizing the cultivation of trust and collaboration between officers and the community. It is not merely a matter of quantity but the quality of engagement with the community that matters most.

Milton crime map

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

  • Milton crime rates are 76% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Milton are 70% lower than the national average
  • In Milton you have a 1 in 178 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Milton is safer than 78% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Milton has decreased by 58%

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        Daily Crime In Milton (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Milton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Milton is 1 in 887
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Milton is 1 in 222
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Milton is 1 in 178

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

        Milton police department

        Item Milton Delaware National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)11962558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.25.43.3
        There are a total of 11 Milton police officers. This results in 4.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 22.6% less than the Delaware average and 27.7% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Delaware

        State Total offenders Delaware /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 4,039 sex offenders in Delaware. This yields a total of 505 sex offenders in Delaware per 100,000 residents which is 90% 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
        Slaughter Beach, DE302155793949
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        Ellendale, DE75101,3211,321
        Long Neck, DE2,8692161,1061,323
        Harrington, DE3,6586342,1402,774
        Millsboro, DE4,4483792,4372,816
        Milton, DE2,993113451564

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        Milton, DE2,993113451564
        Source: The Milton, DE 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.