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Total crime 33%
Violent crime 61%
Property crime 28%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleOttawa/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime300n/a (estimate)1,6622,2532,489
Murder2n/a11.16.65.0
Rape0n/a0.048.042.6
Robbery0n/a0.098.481.6
Assault25n/a138.5254.0250.2
Violent crime27n/a (estimate)150407379
Burglary28n/a155.1271.7340.5
Theft240n/a1,329.91,426.61,549.5
Vehicle theft5n/a27.7148.2219.9
Property crime273n/a (estimate)1,5131,8472,110

Key findings

  • Ottawa crime rates are 33% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Ottawa are 61% lower than the national average
  • In Ottawa you have a 1 in 61 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Ottawa is safer than 58% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Ottawa has decreased by 7%

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The Ottawa crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Ottawa as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Ottawa crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Ottawa (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Ottawa, IL per 100,000 people. In Ottawa, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.36 times less than the Illinois average and 1.50 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Ottawa is 2.72 times less than the Illinois average and 2.54 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Ottawa has a daily crime rate that is 1.22 times less than the Illinois average and 1.39 times less than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Ottawa (higher is better)

      Compared to the other cities in Illinois and all other cities across the US, is Ottawa safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Ottawa is safer than 42% of other cities in the state of Illinois. In addition, Ottawa is safer than 58% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Illinois and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Ottawa. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Ottawa is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ottawa

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ottawa is 1 in 669
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ottawa is 1 in 67
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Ottawa is 1 in 61
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Ottawa, Illinois? If you reside in Ottawa, then there is a 1 in 669 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 67. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 61 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Ottawa.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Ottawa, IL is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Ottawa has increased by 81%, while the property crime rate in Ottawa has decreased by 12% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Ottawa has decreased by 7% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Ottawa police department

      ItemOttawaIllinoisNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)4530,690558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.42.63.3
      There are a total of 45 Ottawa police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 9.1% less than the Illinois average and 26% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Illinois

      StateTotal offendersIllinois /100KNational /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.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      North Utica, IL1,402000
      Grand Ridge, IL5880383383
      Newark, IL1,139141637778
      Seneca, IL2,5651828271,010
      Mendota, IL7,1821578551,011
      LaSalle, IL9,484561,1561,212
      Marseilles, IL4,8922061,0321,239
      Ottawa, IL18,7071501,5131,662

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Middleton, WI18,707601,3351,395
      Thomasville, GA18,7062813,9554,236
      South Burlington, VT18,7041123,4903,601
      Fairmont, WV18,6993461,7292,075
      Augusta, ME18,6912633,1513,414
      Ottawa, IL18,7071501,5131,662
      Source: The Ottawa, IL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.