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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 peopleOak Lawn/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime922n/a (estimate)1,6481,9702,324
Violent crime67n/a (estimate)120287370
Vehicle theft122n/a218.0281.6282.7
Property crime855n/a (estimate)1,5281,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Oak Lawn, IL

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 Oak Lawn crime rate is lower than the national average by 29.1%. Specifically, there were 67 violent crimes in Oak Lawn, equivalent to 120 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 67.6%. Furthermore, Oak Lawn recorded 855 property crimes, amounting to 1528 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 21.8%.

Oak Lawn distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 120 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Oak Lawn among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

In the latest reported crime year, Oak Lawn recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Oak Lawn?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Oak Lawn residents. Out of the respondents (28 in total), 57% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Oak Lawn were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 43% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Oak Lawn a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Oak Lawn, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Oak Lawn presents a total crime rate that is 29% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Oak Lawn experiences an average of 2.53 daily crimes, comprising 0.18 violent incidents and 2.34 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Oak Lawn 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 Oak Lawn 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 Oak Lawn has increased by 1.4% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 19.3% and property crime has increased by 3.5%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Oak Lawn

In Oak Lawn, the current unemployment rate stands at 4.1%, 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 Oak Lawn crime rates.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Oak Lawn, the cost of living is 6.57% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

High rental costs can limit economic mobility, making it difficult for individuals to save money, invest in education, or access better job opportunities. This can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and increase the risk of involvement in criminal activities. In summary, high rental costs can create economic challenges, overcrowding, and neighborhood dynamics that may increase the likelihood of certain types of crime, particularly property crimes. In Oak Lawn, the average rental rates are $1,115 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Oak Lawn crime map

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

  • Oak Lawn crime rates are 29% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Oak Lawn are 68% lower than the national average
  • In Oak Lawn you have a 1 in 61 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Oak Lawn is safer than 59% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Oak Lawn has not changed

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        Daily Crime In Oak Lawn (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Oak Lawn, IL per 100,000 people. In Oak Lawn, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.20 times less than the Illinois average and 1.41 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Oak Lawn is 2.40 times less than the Illinois average and 3.09 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Oak Lawn has a daily crime rate that is 1.10 times less than the Illinois average and 1.28 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Oak Lawn (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Oak Lawn in comparison to other Illinois communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Oak Lawn safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Oak Lawn being safer than 41% of cities in Illinois and 59% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Illinois cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Oak Lawn. In conclusion, Oak Lawn ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Oak Lawn

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Oak Lawn is 1 in 836
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Oak Lawn is 1 in 66
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Oak Lawn is 1 in 61
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Oak Lawn? If you reside in Oak Lawn, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 836. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 66 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 Oak Lawn, is 1 in 61.

        Year Over Year Crime In Oak Lawn (per 100,000 people)

        An ideal indicator of whether Oak Lawn 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 Oak Lawn has decreased by 20% and the rate of property crime in Oak Lawn has increased by 2%. The total crime rate in Oak Lawn has not changed year to year.

        Oak Lawn police department

        Item Oak Lawn Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)12730,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.22.63.3
        There are a total of 127 Oak Lawn police officers. This results in 2.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 15.8% less than the Illinois average and 31.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Illinois

        State Total offenders Illinois /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 32,213 sex offenders in Illinois. This yields a total of 263 sex offenders in Illinois per 100,000 residents which is 1% less than the national average.

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        Oak Lawn, IL55,4321201,5281,648

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        Source: The Oak Lawn, IL 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.