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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 peopleOrange Beach/100k peopleAlabama/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime238n/a (estimate)2,7902,1482,324
Violent crime32n/a (estimate)375409370
Vehicle theft8n/a93.8202.3282.7
Property crime206n/a (estimate)2,4151,7391,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Orange Beach, AL

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Orange Beach is 20.1% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Orange Beach, there were 32 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 375 per 100,000 individuals, 1.5% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 206 property crimes, amounting to 2415 per 100,000 residents, 23.6% higher than the U.S. average.

The violent crime rate in Orange Beach closely mirrors the national average among all cities that reported crime, with 375 incidents per 100,000 people. The national average for violent crime per 100,000 people was 370. This consistency highlights Orange Beach as a community where safety standards are in line with the broader national landscape, providing residents with a reliable sense of security.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Orange Beach reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Orange Beach?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Orange Beach residents. Out of the respondents (19 in total), 79% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Orange Beach were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 21% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Orange Beach a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Orange Beach, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Orange Beach presents a total crime rate that is 20% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Orange Beach experiences an average of 0.65 daily crimes, comprising 0.09 violent incidents and 0.56 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 Orange Beach Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Orange Beach has increased by 21.4%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Orange Beach, 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 128.6%, while property crime has increased by 13.2%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Orange Beach is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Orange Beach

Orange Beach has a population density of 416.6 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Orange Beach crime rates.

Orange Beach has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 0 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.

In Orange Beach, the median home price stands at $325,700, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Orange Beach crime map

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

      • Orange Beach crime rates are 20% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Orange Beach are 1% higher than the national average
      • In Orange Beach you have a 1 in 36 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Orange Beach is safer than 24% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Orange Beach has decreased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Orange Beach (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Orange Beach for every 100,000 residents. The Orange Beach total amount of daily crime is 1.30 times more than the Alabama average and 1.20 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Orange Beach, is 1.09 times less than the Alabama average, and it is 1.01 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Orange Beach has a daily crime average that is 1.39 times more than the Alabama average and 1.24 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Orange Beach (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Orange Beach, Alabama compared to other areas of Alabama, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Orange Beach safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Orange Beach is safer than 32% of Alabama 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 Alabama, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Orange Beach. At this time, Orange Beach sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Orange Beach

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Orange Beach is 1 in 267
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Orange Beach is 1 in 42
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Orange Beach is 1 in 36
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Orange Beach, Alabama? If you reside in Orange Beach, then there is a 1 in 267 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 42. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 36 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Orange Beach.

        Year Over Year Crime In Orange Beach (per 100,000 people)

        A good indicator of whether Orange Beach 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 Orange Beach has increased by 73%, while the property crime rate in Orange Beach has decreased by 15% year over year. The number of total crimes in Orange Beach has decreased by 8% year over year.

        Orange Beach police department

        Item Orange Beach Alabama National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)579,968558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a4.13.3

        Sex offenders in Alabama

        State Total offenders Alabama /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 10,698 sex offenders in Alabama. This yields a total of 231 sex offenders in Alabama per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lillian, AL2,120125532657
        Magnolia Springs, AL1,1292068761,082
        Perdido Beach, AL4403001,2741,573
        Foley, AL19,3371612,3452,505
        Gulf Shores, AL12,5503322,4212,753
        Summerdale, AL1,4293782,7103,088
        Elberta, AL1,9582953,9784,273
        Orange Beach, AL6,1303752,4152,790

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Northgate, OH6,1302721,6521,924
        South Williamsport, PA6,1292831,4981,781
        Holtville, CA6,1293241,0611,385
        Wheelersburg, OH6,1292201,3361,557
        Pauls Valley, OK6,1285444,2534,797
        Orange Beach, AL6,1303752,4152,790
        Source: The Orange Beach, AL 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.