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 peopleOmaha/100k peopleNebraska/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime19,481n/a (estimate)4,0292,1722,324
Violent crime2,713n/a (estimate)561283370
Vehicle theft3,357n/a694.4275.0282.7
Property crime16,768n/a (estimate)3,4681,8891,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Omaha, NE

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Omaha crime rate is 73.4% 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 Omaha, there were 2713 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 561 per 100,000 individuals, 51.8% higher than the national average. Additionally, Omaha recorded 16768 property crimes, amounting to 3468 per 100,000 residents, 77.5% higher than the U.S. average.

Omaha has a crime rate of 4029 per 100,000 people, which surpasses the national average by 73.37%, leading to one of the highest total crime rates in the United States. Addressing this issue is vital for improving overall safety and desirability of Omaha. Efforts to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative initiatives are essential to create a more secure and appealing environment for residents and prospective newcomers alike.

The occurrence of vehicle thefts has been increasing nationwide, and Omaha faces one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the United States. In the latest reported crime year, there were a reported 3357 vehicle thefts, translating to 694 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Omaha in the bottom 10% among all cities, signifying that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing a vehicle theft is 1 in 145.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Omaha?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Omaha. Based on the results of the surveys (269 responses), 21% of people felt that there was very little crime in Omaha and felt safe walking alone at night. While 79% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Omaha a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Omaha 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. Omaha has a total crime rate that is 73% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 53.37 daily crimes (7.43 violent daily crimes and 45.94 daily property crimes) in Omaha.

Has Crime in Omaha Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Omaha. 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 Omaha has increased by 6.6%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 10.5%, while property crime has increased by 10%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Omaha.

Potential Causes for Crime in Omaha

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Omaha currently has an unemployment rate of 3.1%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

In Omaha, 84.2% 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.

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 Omaha, the cost of living is 9.21% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

Omaha crime map

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

  • Omaha crime rates are 73% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Omaha are 52% higher than the national average
  • In Omaha you have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Omaha is safer than 11% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Omaha has increased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Omaha (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Omaha, NE per 100,000 people. In Omaha, the total number of daily crimes is 1.86 times more than the Nebraska average and 1.73 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Omaha is 1.98 times more than the Nebraska average and 1.52 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Omaha has a daily crime rate that is 1.84 times more than the Nebraska average and 1.77 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Omaha (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Omaha in comparison to other Nebraska communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Omaha safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Omaha being safer than 0% of cities in Nebraska and 11% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Nebraska cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Omaha. In conclusion, Omaha ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Omaha

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Omaha is 1 in 179
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Omaha is 1 in 29
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Omaha is 1 in 25
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Omaha? In Omaha, NE you have a 1 in 179 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 29 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Omaha.

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

        A good indicator of whether Omaha 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 Omaha has decreased by 11%, while the property crime rate in Omaha has increased by 9% year over year. The number of total crimes in Omaha has increased by 6% year over year.

        Omaha police department

        Item Omaha Nebraska National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)9432,523558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.32.13.3
        There are a total of 943 Omaha police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 6.4% greater than the Nebraska average and 30.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Nebraska

        State Total offenders Nebraska /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 6,070 sex offenders in Nebraska. This yields a total of 345 sex offenders in Nebraska per 100,000 residents which is 30% 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
        Bennington, NE2,07576509585
        Springfield, NE1,58299663763
        Cedar Creek, NE3961561,0411,197
        Waterloo, NE1,06601,2071,207
        Glenwood, IA5,3253468851,232
        Papillion, NE24,310921,1441,236
        Crescent, IA7532601,2121,472
        Omaha, NE479,5295613,4684,029

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Colorado Springs, CO471,6866433,4004,043
        Raleigh, NC469,6985002,3352,834
        Kansas City, MO491,1581,4814,7156,197
        Long Beach, CA462,0815492,5993,147
        Atlanta, GA497,6428413,7484,589
        Omaha, NE479,5295613,4684,029
        Source: The Omaha, NE 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.