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Total crime 30%
Violent crime 78%
Property crime 22%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleOttawa/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime325n/a (estimate)1,7962,3372,580
Murder0n/a0.06.95.0
Rape1n/a5.546.042.6
Robbery2n/a11.1111.586.2
Assault12n/a66.3239.7246.8
Violent crime15n/a (estimate)83404381
Burglary45n/a248.7306.7376.0
Theft259n/a1,431.31,472.31,594.6
Vehicle theft6n/a33.2153.8228.9
Property crime310n/a (estimate)1,7131,9332,200

Key findings

  • Ottawa crime rates are 30% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Ottawa are 78% lower than the national average
  • In Ottawa you have a 1 in 56 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Ottawa is safer than 63% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Ottawa has decreased by 16%

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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 1.30 times less than the Illinois average and 1.44 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Ottawa is 4.88 times less than the Illinois average and 4.59 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Ottawa has a daily crime rate that is 1.13 times less than the Illinois average and 1.28 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 44% of other cities in the state of Illinois. In addition, Ottawa is safer than 63% 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 1207
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ottawa is 1 in 59
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Ottawa is 1 in 56
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Ottawa, Illinois? If you reside in Ottawa, then there is a 1 in 1207 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 59. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 56 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 decreased by 58%, while the property crime rate in Ottawa has decreased by 11% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Ottawa has decreased by 16% 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
      Grand Ridge, IL588000
      North Utica, IL1,402149149298
      Newark, IL1,139139667807
      Mendota, IL7,1821428641,005
      LaSalle, IL9,48401,1381,138
      Sheridan, IL2,5432281,0891,317
      Marseilles, IL4,8921641,1911,356
      Ottawa, IL18,707831,7131,796

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Middleton, WI18,7072601,3821,642
      Thomasville, GA18,7061784,6474,825
      South Burlington, VT18,7041662,9613,127
      Fairmont, WV18,6993421,4161,758
      Augusta, ME18,6913243,3363,660
      Ottawa, IL18,707831,7131,796
      Source: The Ottawa, IL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.