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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 peopleMurfreesboro/100k peopleTennessee/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,242n/a (estimate)2,6222,9242,324
Violent crime827n/a (estimate)511622370
Vehicle theft362n/a223.7362.3282.7
Property crime3,415n/a (estimate)2,1112,3021,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Murfreesboro, TN

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Murfreesboro crime rate is 12.8% higher than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Murfreesboro, there were 827 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 511 per 100,000 individuals, 38.2% higher than the national average. Additionally, Murfreesboro recorded 3415 property crimes, amounting to 2111 per 100,000 residents, 8% higher than the U.S. average.

The Murfreesboro crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in Murfreesboro, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

In the most recent release, Murfreesboro reported a property crime rate that closely aligns with the national average. In Murfreesboro, there were 2111 reported property crimes, a figure consistent with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. This positions the area as maintaining a level of safety and security on par with the typical city. The harmonious statistics underscore a balanced commitment to community well-being, offering residents a sense of stability and peace in their surroundings.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Murfreesboro?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Murfreesboro residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 95 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 45% of Murfreesboro residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 55% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Murfreesboro a Safe Place to Live?

Is Murfreesboro 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, Murfreesboro has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 13%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 11.62 daily incidents, encompassing 2.27 violent crimes and 9.36 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Murfreesboro as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Murfreesboro Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Murfreesboro has increased by 3.1%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Murfreesboro, 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 31.5%, while property crime has increased by 2%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Murfreesboro is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Murfreesboro

In Murfreesboro, 88.5% of residents have graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of a community 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.

Murfreesboro has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 2.43 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.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Murfreesboro are $1,095, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Murfreesboro crime map

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

      • Murfreesboro crime rates are 13% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Murfreesboro are 38% higher than the national average
      • In Murfreesboro you have a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Murfreesboro is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Murfreesboro has decreased by 1%

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        Daily Crime In Murfreesboro (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Murfreesboro on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Tennessee and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Murfreesboro (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Tennessee, are 1.12 times less than the state average and 1.13 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Murfreesboro on a daily basis are 1.22 times less than than Tennessee average and 1.38 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Murfreesboro are 1.09 times less than the daily state average and 1.08 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Murfreesboro (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Murfreesboro, Tennessee compared to other areas of Tennessee, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Murfreesboro safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Murfreesboro is safer than 29% of Tennessee cities, and 19% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Tennessee, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Murfreesboro. At this time, Murfreesboro sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Murfreesboro

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Murfreesboro is 1 in 196
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Murfreesboro is 1 in 48
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Murfreesboro is 1 in 39
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Murfreesboro? In Murfreesboro, TN you have a 1 in 196 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 48 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Murfreesboro.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Murfreesboro is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Murfreesboro has increased by 26% and the rate of property crime in Murfreesboro has decreased by 6%. The total crime rate in Murfreesboro has decreased by 1% year to year.

        Murfreesboro police department

        Item Murfreesboro Tennessee National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)27311,551558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.43.63.3
        There are a total of 273 Murfreesboro police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 32% less than the Tennessee average and 25.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Tennessee

        State Total offenders Tennessee /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 24,578 sex offenders in Tennessee. This yields a total of 412 sex offenders in Tennessee per 100,000 residents which is 55% 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
        Nolensville, TN9,22188330418
        Christiana, TN4,7012268351,061
        La Vergne, TN35,5563801,4131,793
        Rockvale, TN1,5924261,5762,002
        Smyrna, TN50,8202661,8962,162
        Walterhill, TN1585612,0772,639
        Eagleville, TN9435962,2052,801
        Murfreesboro, TN141,7045112,1112,622

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Pasadena, CA142,0173832,2872,670
        Midland, TX141,1944921,9102,402
        Fullerton, CA141,0613922,6533,045
        Mesquite, TX142,4294673,6494,115
        Syracuse, NY142,5538913,0513,943
        Murfreesboro, TN141,7045112,1112,622
        Source: The Murfreesboro, TN 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.