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 peopleMoscow/100k peopleIdaho/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime362n/a (estimate)1,3801,1682,324
Violent crime24n/a (estimate)91241370
Vehicle theft9n/a34.391.2282.7
Property crime338n/a (estimate)1,2889271,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Moscow, ID

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 Moscow crime rate is lower than the national average by 40.6%. Specifically, there were 24 violent crimes in Moscow, equivalent to 91 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 75.3%. Furthermore, Moscow recorded 338 property crimes, amounting to 1288 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 34.1%.

Moscow distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 91 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Moscow among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

While murder rates in the United States have shown a consistent decline since 1990, recent years have witnessed an increase. Unfortunately, Moscow ranks among the cities with the highest murder rates in the nation, when compared to all reporting cities in the U.S. In Moscow, there were a total of 4 murders, translating to 15 murders per 100,000 residents. This alarming statistic underscores the need for heightened attention to community safety and crime prevention efforts in the area.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Moscow?

What do the local residents think about crime in Moscow? Well, based on a recent survey of 22 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 73% of Moscow residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 27% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Moscow a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Moscow 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. Moscow has a total crime rate that is 41% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.99 daily crimes (0.07 violent daily crimes and 0.93 daily property crimes) in Moscow.

Has Crime in Moscow 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 Moscow 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 Moscow has decreased by 18.1% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 140% and property crime has decreased by 21.8%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Moscow

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Moscow crime rates. For instance, in Moscow, the population density stands at 3712.7 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Moscow, 95.5% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Moscow, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 1.73, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

Moscow crime map

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

      • Moscow crime rates are 41% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Moscow are 75% lower than the national average
      • In Moscow you have a 1 in 73 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Moscow is safer than 69% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Moscow has decreased by 18%

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        Daily Crime In Moscow (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Moscow, per 100,000 residents. In Moscow, the total number of daily crimes is 1.18 times more than the Idaho average and 1.68 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Moscow are 2.64 times less than the Idaho average and 4.04 times less than the national average. For property crime, Moscow has a daily crime rate that is 1.39 times more than the Idaho average and 1.52 times less than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Moscow (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Moscow to every other city in Idaho, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Moscow safe? The gauges above illustrate that Moscow is safer than 62% of every city located within Idaho along with 69% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Idaho and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Moscow, ID is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Moscow

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Moscow is 1 in 1094
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Moscow is 1 in 78
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Moscow is 1 in 73
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Moscow? If you reside in Moscow, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 1094. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 78 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Moscow, is 1 in 73.

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

        Determining whether Moscow is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Moscow violent crime rates have increased by 139%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 21% year over year. Total crimes for Moscow has decreased by 18% in the same time frame.

        Moscow police department

        Item Moscow Idaho National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)421,868558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.72.43.3
        There are a total of 42 Moscow police officers. This results in 1.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 28.9% less than the Idaho average and 46.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Idaho

        State Total offenders Idaho /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 4,932 sex offenders in Idaho. This yields a total of 333 sex offenders in Idaho per 100,000 residents which is 25% 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
        Pullman, WA33,974919411,032
        Genesee, ID1,2092409241,164
        Troy, ID8682469461,192
        Onaway, ID2052559811,236
        Juliaetta, ID5112851,0981,383
        Potlatch, ID8362911,1191,410
        Palouse, WA9691681,4981,666
        Moscow, ID25,652911,2881,380

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Madison, MS25,65047582629
        Fairland, MD25,6494291,7622,191
        Ruskin, FL25,6403091,8662,175
        South Portland, ME25,6651571,7931,949
        Soledad, CA25,6673027461,048
        Moscow, ID25,652911,2881,380
        Source: The Moscow, ID 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.