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Violent 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 peopleOro Valley/100k peopleArizona/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime591n/a (estimate)1,2202,4892,324
Violent crime16n/a (estimate)33432370
Vehicle theft23n/a47.5244.2282.7
Property crime575n/a (estimate)1,1872,0581,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Oro Valley, AZ

The Oro Valley crime rates are 47.5% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 16 violent crimes in Oro Valley (33 per 100,000 people), which is 91.1% lower than the national average and there were a total of 575 property crimes (1187 per 100,000 residents) which is 39.3% lower than average.

Oro Valley has one of the lowest violent crime rates of all cities in the United States. With a rate of 33 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Oro Valley ranks among the safest cities in the United States making it an attractive choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Oro Valley?

AreaVibes surveyed 39 local residents in Oro Valley to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 77% of people answered that there was very little crime in Oro Valley and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 23% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Oro Valley a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Oro Valley, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Oro Valley presents a total crime rate that is 48% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Oro Valley experiences an average of 1.62 daily crimes, comprising 0.04 violent incidents and 1.58 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 Oro Valley Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Oro Valley. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Oro Valley has decreased by 9.1%. Violent crimes have decreased by 40.7%, while property crimes have decreased by 7.7%. 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 Oro Valley

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Oro Valley, 95.9% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Oro Valley, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 2.97, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

Elevated rental costs can generate economic strain for both individuals and families, particularly those with restricted financial means. When a substantial proportion of one's income is allocated to housing costs, it often leaves limited resources for fulfilling other crucial necessities such as groceries, healthcare and education. This financial pressure can fuel desperation, potentially prompting individuals to resort to criminal actions, including theft or fraud, as a means of coping with their financial hardships. In Oro Valley, the average monthly rent stands at $1,326, while the national average is $949 per month.

Oro Valley crime map

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

  • Oro Valley crime rates are 48% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Oro Valley are 91% lower than the national average
  • In Oro Valley you have a 1 in 82 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Oro Valley is safer than 79% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Oro Valley has decreased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Oro Valley (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Oro Valley on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Arizona and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Oro Valley (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Arizona, are 2.04 times less than the state average and 1.91 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Oro Valley on a daily basis are 13.06 times less than than Arizona average and 11.20 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Oro Valley are 1.73 times less than the daily state average and 1.65 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Oro Valley (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Oro Valley, Arizona compared to other areas of Arizona, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Oro Valley safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Oro Valley is safer than 86% of Arizona cities, and 79% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Arizona, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Oro Valley. At this time, Oro Valley sees a above average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Oro Valley

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Oro Valley is 1 in 3028
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Oro Valley is 1 in 85
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Oro Valley is 1 in 82
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Oro Valley, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 3028. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 85 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Oro Valley is 1 in 82.

        Year Over Year Crime In Oro Valley (per 100,000 people)

        A good indicator of whether Oro Valley 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 Oro Valley has decreased by 42%, while the property crime rate in Oro Valley has decreased by 10% year over year. The number of total crimes in Oro Valley has decreased by 11% year over year.

        Oro Valley police department

        Item Oro Valley Arizona National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)12412,274558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.03.13.3
        There are a total of 124 Oro Valley police officers. This results in 3.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 4.3% less than the Arizona average and 8.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Arizona

        State Total offenders Arizona /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,206 sex offenders in Arizona. This yields a total of 157 sex offenders in Arizona per 100,000 residents which is 41% 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
        Saddlebrooke, AZ12,327165784949
        Tanque Verde, AZ15,4461768401,016
        Catalina Foothills, AZ50,6311999471,145
        Catalina, AZ6,7383881,8482,236
        Marana, AZ47,164862,2302,316
        Casas Adobes, AZ70,5164672,2252,692
        Tucson Estates, AZ12,1985012,3882,890
        Oro Valley, AZ45,303331,1871,220

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        West Seneca, NY45,2721401,7621,902
        Hilo, HI45,2483663,4283,794
        Arlington, MA45,37960595654
        Herriman, UT45,21176780856
        Rockwall, TX45,1681021,5351,638
        Oro Valley, AZ45,303331,1871,220
        Source: The Oro Valley, AZ 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.