Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peoplePalestine/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime7n/a (estimate)5721,9702,324
Violent crime1n/a (estimate)82287370
Vehicle theft2n/a163.4281.6282.7
Property crime6n/a (estimate)4901,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Palestine, IL

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Palestine crime rate is lower than the national average by 75.4%. Specifically, there were 1 violent crimes in Palestine, equivalent to 82 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 77.9%. Furthermore, Palestine recorded 6 property crimes, amounting to 490 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 74.9%.

With a crime rate of 572, significantly below the national average of 2324, Palestine stands out as one of the safest places to reside in the United States. This distinction is primarily attributed to the calculation of total crimes, which encompasses both violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Palestine stands out with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the United States. Reporting only 82 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Palestine secures its place among the safest cities in the nation, making it an enticing destination for those in search of a new home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Palestine experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

Property crime rates per 100,000 people have declined steadily since 1990, but did see a slight increase in recent years. Based on the most recent crime data, Palestine has a property crime rate of 490 crimes per 100,000 people, which is far below the national average of 1954. This is a good indicator that Palestine is a safe place to live.

Is Palestine a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Palestine 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 Palestine crime rate is 75% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.02 crimes per day - 0 violent crimes and 0.02 property crimes.

Has Crime in Palestine Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Palestine crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Palestine has decreased by 72% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 66.7% and property crime has decreased by 72.7%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Palestine

Palestine has a poverty rate of 12.6, 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.

Palestine reports an unemployment rate of 5.3%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Palestine crime rates.

High rental costs can limit economic mobility, making it difficult for individuals to save money, invest in education, or access better job opportunities. This can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and increase the risk of involvement in criminal activities. In summary, high rental costs can create economic challenges, overcrowding, and neighborhood dynamics that may increase the likelihood of certain types of crime, particularly property crimes. In Palestine, the average rental rates are $613 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Palestine crime map

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

  • Palestine crime rates are 75% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Palestine are 78% lower than the national average
  • In Palestine you have a 1 in 175 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Palestine is safer than 83% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Palestine has decreased by 71%

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        Daily Crime In Palestine (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Palestine

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Palestine is 1 in 1225
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Palestine is 1 in 205
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Palestine is 1 in 175

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

        Palestine police department

        Item Palestine Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)230,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.52.63.3
        There are a total of 2 Palestine police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 45% less than the Illinois average and 55.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Illinois

        State Total offenders Illinois /100K National /100K
        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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        Palestine, IL1,20082490572
        Source: The Palestine, 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.