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23%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
38%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
19%
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 peopleNewport/100k peopleRhode Island/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime451n/a (estimate)1,8011,4582,324
Murder1n/a4.01.56.3
Rape22n/a87.938.040.0
Robbery4n/a16.024.666.1
Assault30n/a119.8108.3268.2
Violent crime57n/a (estimate)228172370
Burglary57n/a227.6128.1269.8
Theft317n/a1,266.0997.61,401.9
Vehicle theft20n/a79.9159.6282.7
Property crime394n/a (estimate)1,5741,2851,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Newport, RI

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 Newport is 22.5% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 57 violent crimes reported in Newport, equivalent to 228 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 38.4%. Additionally, Newport recorded 394 property crimes, amounting to 1574 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 19.5%.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Newport?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Newport residents. Out of the respondents (12 in total), 58% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Newport were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 42% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Newport a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Newport a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Newport crime rate is 23% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 1.24 crimes per day - 0.16 violent crimes and 1.08 property crimes.

Has Crime in Newport Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Newport. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Newport has decreased by 4.3%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 7.6%, while property crime has decreased by 5.7%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Newport.

Potential Causes for Crime in Newport

The economic prosperity of a city's inhabitants exerts substantial influence on crime stats. Elevated poverty rates and income inequality can precipitate heightened criminal activity, as individuals may turn to illicit means to fulfill their fundamental requirements. While lower poverty rates could lead to lower Newport crime rates. In Newport, the poverty rate stands at 14.4%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

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. Newport has a median home price of $495,000, 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.

Newport has an average rental rate of $1,326 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

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

  • Newport crime rates are 23% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Newport are 38% lower than the national average
  • In Newport you have a 1 in 56 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Newport is safer than 46% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Newport has decreased by 3%

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        Daily Crime In Newport (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Newport, Rhode Island is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Newport are 1.24 times more than the Rhode Island average and 1.29 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Newport are 1.32 times more than than Rhode Island and 1.62 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Newport are 1.22 times more than than Rhode Island and 1.24 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Newport (higher is better)

        How safe is Newport, Rhode Island compared to other cities in Rhode Island and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Newport is safer than 33% of the cities in Rhode Island and 46% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Rhode Island and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Newport. Overall, Newport is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Newport

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Newport is 1 in 440
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Newport is 1 in 64
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Newport is 1 in 56
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Newport? In Newport, you have a 1 in 440 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 64. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Newport, RI is 1 in 56.

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

        A good indicator of whether Newport is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Newport has increased by 9%, while the property crime rate in Newport has decreased by 5% year over year. The number of total crimes in Newport has decreased by 3% year over year.

        Newport police department

        Item Newport Rhode Island National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)941,505558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.82.63.3
        There are a total of 94 Newport police officers. This results in 3.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 48.5% greater than the Rhode Island average and 17.5% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Rhode Island

        State Total offenders Rhode Island /100K National /100K
        Rhode Islandn/an/an/a

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Narragansett Pier, RI3,48733245278
        Tiverton, RI7,99668856923
        North Westport, MA4,7872387911,029
        Wakefield-Peacedale, RI8,9041279511,079
        Newport East, RI11,2891381,0281,165
        Kingston, RI6,4071561,1621,318
        Newport, RI24,6972281,5741,801

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Crestview, FL24,6873031,8312,134
        Westmont, IL24,6771881,1011,288
        Wright, FL24,6712861,7282,014
        Ives Estates, FL24,7323402,0542,393
        Staunton, VA24,6601411,8662,007
        Newport, RI24,6972281,5741,801
        Source: The Newport, RI 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.