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44%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
11%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
54%
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 Park/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,742n/a (estimate)3,3401,9702,324
Murder3n/a5.87.86.3
Rape33n/a63.348.140.0
Robbery81n/a155.384.766.1
Assault54n/a103.5146.7268.2
Violent crime171n/a (estimate)328287370
Burglary168n/a322.1208.5269.8
Theft1,145n/a2,195.51,192.71,401.9
Vehicle theft258n/a494.7281.6282.7
Property crime1,571n/a (estimate)3,0121,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Oak Park, IL

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 Oak Park is 43.7% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 171 violent crimes reported in Oak Park, equivalent to 328 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 11.3%. Additionally, Oak Park recorded 1571 property crimes, amounting to 3012 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 54.1%.

For violent crimes per 100,000 people, Oak Park has a rate of violent crime that is very close to the national average. There were a total of 328 violent crimes, while the national average reported 370. This is an indication that the level of crime is essentially on par with all other cities.

With a total of 258 vehicle thefts last year, Oak Park has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 495 per 100,000 people. This lands Oak Park in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 203.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Oak Park?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Oak Park residents. Out of the respondents (81 in total), 35% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Oak Park were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 65% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Oak Park a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Oak Park is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Oak Park has an overall crime rate that is 44% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 4.77 daily occurrences, comprising 0.47 violent crimes and 4.3 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Oak Park as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Oak Park Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Oak Park. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Oak Park has decreased by 0.5%. Violent crimes have increased by 9.6%, while property crimes have decreased by 1.4%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Oak Park

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Oak Park, 95.1% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

The median home price in Oak Park is $403,200, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

In Oak Park, the average rental rates are $1,213 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Oak Park crime map



The Oak Park crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Oak Park 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 Park crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Oak Park 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 Park crime rates are 44% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Oak Park are 11% lower than the national average
  • In Oak Park you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Oak Park is safer than 24% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Oak Park has not changed

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

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Oak Park, Illinois is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Oak Park are 1.70 times more than the Illinois average and 1.44 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Oak Park are 1.14 times more than than Illinois and 1.13 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Oak Park are 1.79 times more than than Illinois and 1.54 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Oak Park (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Oak Park, Illinois compared to other areas of Illinois, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Oak Park safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Oak Park is safer than 11% of Illinois cities, and 24% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Illinois, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Oak Park. At this time, Oak Park sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Oak Park

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Oak Park is 1 in 305
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Oak Park is 1 in 34
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Oak Park is 1 in 30
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Oak Park, Illinois you have a 1 in 305 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 34 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Oak Park.

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

        Determining whether Oak Park is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Oak Park violent crime rates have increased by 10%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 1% year over year. Total crimes for Oak Park has not changed in the same time frame.

        Oak Park police department

        Item Oak Park Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)13830,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.62.63.3
        There are a total of 138 Oak Park police officers. This results in 2.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is equal to the Illinois average and 18.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Illinois

        State Total offenders Illinois /100K National /100K
        Illinois32,213263266
        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 Park, IL52,1023283,0123,340

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        Source: The Oak Park, 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.