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61%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
70%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
60%
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 peoplePalatine/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime585n/a (estimate)8991,9702,324
Murder3n/a4.67.86.3
Rape20n/a30.748.140.0
Robbery8n/a12.384.766.1
Assault40n/a61.5146.7268.2
Violent crime71n/a (estimate)109287370
Burglary55n/a84.5208.5269.8
Theft423n/a650.01,192.71,401.9
Vehicle theft36n/a55.3281.6282.7
Property crime514n/a (estimate)7901,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Palatine, IL

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Palatine crime rate is 61.3% lower 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 Palatine, there were 71 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 109 per 100,000 individuals, 70.5% lower than the national average. Additionally, Palatine recorded 514 property crimes, amounting to 790 per 100,000 residents, 59.6% lower than the U.S. average.

Palatine stands out with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the United States. Reporting only 109 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Palatine secures its place among the safest cities in the nation, making it an enticing destination for those in search of a new home.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Palatine?

What do the local residents think about crime in Palatine? Well, based on a recent survey of 32 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 69% of Palatine residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 31% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Palatine a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Palatine a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Palatine crime rate is 61% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 1.6 crimes per day - 0.19 violent crimes and 1.41 property crimes.

Has Crime in Palatine Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Palatine. 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 Palatine has increased by 67.1%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 69.1%, while property crime has increased by 66.9%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Palatine.

Potential Causes for Crime in Palatine

Palatine has a poverty rate of 9.9, while the national average is 15.1. In the past, there has been a direct correlation between high or low poverty rates and high or low crime stats. Elevated poverty levels and income disparities can contribute to heightened criminal activity, as individuals may resort to unlawful means to address their fundamental necessities. While lower poverty levels have led to a reduction in typical crime levels compared to other areas.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Palatine crime rates. Palatine registers a population density of 4809 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

The effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing initiatives can influence crime rates. A strong and collaborative relationship between the police and the community can deter criminal activity and improve safety. In Palatine, there are 0 police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 3.25. The effectiveness of law enforcement often depends on community policing strategies that emphasize building trust and cooperation between the police and the community. It's not just about the number of officers but also how they engage with the community.

Palatine crime map



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

  • Palatine crime rates are 61% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Palatine are 70% lower than the national average
  • In Palatine you have a 1 in 112 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Palatine is safer than 90% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Palatine has increased by 75%

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        Daily Crime In Palatine (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Palatine, per 100,000 residents. In Palatine, the total number of daily crimes is 2.19 times less than the Illinois average and 2.59 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Palatine are 2.63 times less than the Illinois average and 3.39 times less than the national average. For property crime, Palatine has a daily crime rate that is 2.13 times less than the Illinois average and 2.47 times less than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Palatine (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Palatine to every other city in Illinois, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Palatine safe? The gauges above illustrate that Palatine is safer than 85% of every city located within Illinois along with 90% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Illinois and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Palatine, IL is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Palatine

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Palatine is 1 in 917
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Palatine is 1 in 127
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Palatine is 1 in 112
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Palatine, Illinois you have a 1 in 917 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 127 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 112 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Palatine.

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

        A good indicator of whether Palatine 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 Palatine has increased by 76%, while the property crime rate in Palatine has increased by 74% year over year. The number of total crimes in Palatine has increased by 75% year over year.

        Palatine police department

        Item Palatine Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)14130,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.63.3

        Sex offenders in Illinois

        State Total offenders Illinois /100K National /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.

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        Palatine, IL67,875109790899

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        Source: The Palatine, IL 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.