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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 peoplePalestine/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime626n/a (estimate)3,2752,7322,324
Violent crime133n/a (estimate)696432370
Vehicle theft31n/a162.2331.2282.7
Property crime493n/a (estimate)2,5792,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Palestine, TX

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Palestine is 40.9% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 133 violent crimes reported in Palestine, equivalent to 696 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 88.2%. Additionally, Palestine recorded 493 property crimes, amounting to 2579 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 32%.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Palestine?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Palestine residents. Out of the respondents (12 in total), 25% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Palestine were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 75% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Palestine a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Palestine is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Palestine has a total crime rate that is 41% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 1.72 daily crimes (0.36 violent daily crimes and 1.35 daily property crimes) in Palestine.

Has Crime in Palestine Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Palestine has increased by 16.1% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Palestine is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 29.1%, while property crime has increased by 13.1%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Palestine.

Potential Causes for Crime in Palestine

Palestine has a poverty rate that stands at 15.3, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Palestine crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

Palestine has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 1.74 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.25 nationwide. Crime rates are profoundly influenced by the effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing endeavors. A resilient and cooperative partnership between law enforcement agencies and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, ultimately enhancing safety. The efficacy of law enforcement extends beyond mere numbers and extends into the realm of community policing strategies, emphasizing the cultivation of trust and collaboration between officers and the community. It is not merely a matter of quantity but the quality of engagement with the community that matters most.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Palestine is $106,100, compared to a national average of $184,700.

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 41% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Palestine are 88% higher than the national average
      • In Palestine you have a 1 in 31 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Palestine is safer than 10% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Palestine has increased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Palestine (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Palestine, Texas is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Palestine are 1.20 times more than the Texas average and 1.41 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Palestine are 1.61 times more than than Texas and 1.88 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Palestine are 1.12 times more than than Texas and 1.32 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Palestine (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Palestine, Texas compared to other areas of Texas, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Palestine safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Palestine is safer than 6% of Texas cities, and 10% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Texas, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Palestine. At this time, Palestine sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Palestine

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Palestine is 1 in 144
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Palestine is 1 in 39
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Palestine is 1 in 31
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Palestine? In Palestine, TX you have a 1 in 144 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 39 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 31 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Palestine.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Palestine is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Palestine has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 20% in Palestine, while property crimes in Palestine have increased by 5%. Total crime has increased by 8% year over year.

        Palestine police department

        Item Palestine Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3346,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.73.03.3
        There are a total of 33 Palestine police officers. This results in 1.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 42% less than the Texas average and 46.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Texas

        State Total offenders Texas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 95,281 sex offenders in Texas. This yields a total of 443 sex offenders in Texas per 100,000 residents which is 67% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Elkhart, TX1,4282201,1701,390
        Oakwood, TX7706013,1983,798
        Palestine, TX17,9066962,5793,275

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lenoir, NC17,9092093,6783,888
        Fayetteville, GA17,9021632,3702,533
        Safety Harbor, FL17,8931841,1101,294
        Scarsdale, NY17,890175703878
        Beltsville, MD17,9224791,9682,448
        Palestine, TX17,9066962,5793,275
        Source: The Palestine, TX 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.