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307%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
640%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
244%
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 peopleMonroe/100k peopleLouisiana/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,437n/a (estimate)9,4593,3772,324
Murder18n/a38.416.16.3
Rape18n/a38.443.040.0
Robbery107n/a228.167.366.1
Assault1,141n/a2,432.4502.1268.2
Violent crime1,284n/a (estimate)2,737629370
Burglary662n/a1,411.3497.8269.8
Theft2,280n/a4,860.61,940.01,401.9
Vehicle theft211n/a449.8310.3282.7
Property crime3,153n/a (estimate)6,7222,7481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Monroe, LA

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 Monroe is 307% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 1284 violent crimes reported in Monroe, equivalent to 2737 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 640.2%. Additionally, Monroe recorded 3153 property crimes, amounting to 6722 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 243.9%.

With a total of 9459 crimes per 100,000 people, the Monroe crime rates stand at 306.98 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 Monroe, 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.

Monroe is one of the most dangerous cities in America with a violent crime rate of 2737 per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of violent crime in Monroe is 1 in 37.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Monroe stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Monroe, a total of 18 murders were reported, equating to 38 murders per 100,000 residents. This statistic underscores the challenges facing the area in terms of severe violent crime and the importance of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security within the community.

With a property crime rate of 6722 crimes per 100,000 people, Monroe unfortunately has the distinction of being among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime. The likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Monroe is alarmingly high, estimated at 1 in 15, significantly surpassing the national average. This data emphasizes the city's pressing need for concerted efforts to address and reduce property crime, ensuring a safer environment for its residents.

Recently, vehicle thefts have seen an upward trend across the United States, and Monroe ranks among the cities with the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. Last year, there were 211 vehicle thefts, amounting to 450 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Monroe within the worst 10% of all cities, indicating that 90% of cities fare better in terms of vehicle theft rates. The likelihood of your vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 223.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Monroe?

What do the local residents think about crime in Monroe? Well, based on a recent survey of 80 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 21% of Monroe residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 79% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Monroe a Safe Place to Live?

Is Monroe 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, Monroe has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 307%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 12.16 daily incidents, encompassing 3.52 violent crimes and 8.64 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Monroe as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Monroe Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Monroe has increased by 13.8%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Monroe, 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 3.2%, while property crime has increased by 18.8%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Monroe is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Monroe

In Monroe, the current unemployment rate stands at 4.3%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Monroe crime rates.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Monroe, the cost of living is 14.37% lower than the national average.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Monroe has a median home price of $150,000, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Monroe crime map



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

  • Monroe crime rates are 307% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Monroe are 640% higher than the national average
  • In Monroe you have a 1 in 11 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Monroe is safer than 0% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Monroe has increased by 14%

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        Daily Crime In Monroe (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Monroe, LA per 100,000 people. In Monroe, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 2.80 times more than the Louisiana average and 4.07 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Monroe is 4.35 times more than the Louisiana average and 7.40 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Monroe has a daily crime rate that is 2.45 times more than the Louisiana average and 3.44 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Monroe (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Monroe in comparison to other Louisiana communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Monroe safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Monroe being safer than 0% of cities in Louisiana and 0% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Louisiana cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Monroe. In conclusion, Monroe ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Monroe

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Monroe is 1 in 37
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Monroe is 1 in 15
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Monroe is 1 in 11
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Monroe, Louisiana? If you reside in Monroe, then there is a 1 in 37 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 15. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 11 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Monroe.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Monroe, Louisiana (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Monroe has increased by 3%, the amount of property crime in Monroe has increased by 19%, and the total amount of crime in Monroe has increased by 14% year over year.

        Monroe police department

        Item Monroe Louisiana National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2077,311558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.24.23.3
        There are a total of 207 Monroe police officers. This results in 4.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 1% less than the Louisiana average and 28.7% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Louisiana

        State Total offenders Louisiana /100K National /100K
        Louisiana12,948286266
        There are a total of 12,948 sex offenders in Louisiana. This yields a total of 286 sex offenders in Louisiana per 100,000 residents which is 8% 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
        Start, LA9642279911,218
        Lakeshore, LA2,8002591,1291,388
        Sterlington, LA2,7533141,3701,684
        Bawcomville, LA2,1503751,6392,014
        Brownsville, LA3,7184662,0372,504
        Swartz, LA5,1765832,5483,131
        Claiborne, LA11,9046052,6443,250
        Monroe, LA47,9062,7376,7229,459

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Jeffersonville, IN47,9322351,6581,892
        Minot, ND47,8342981,0471,345
        Niagara Falls, NY47,9788062,8553,661
        Dublin, OH47,824681,1251,193
        Covina, CA47,7873292,8033,132
        Monroe, LA47,9062,7376,7229,459
        Source: The Monroe, LA 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.