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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 peoplePayson/100k peopleUtah/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime213n/a (estimate)9272,1372,324
Violent crime20n/a (estimate)87242370
Vehicle theft4n/a17.4208.4282.7
Property crime193n/a (estimate)8401,8951,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Payson, UT

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Payson is 60.1% lower than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Payson, there were 20 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 87 per 100,000 individuals, 76.5% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 193 property crimes, amounting to 840 per 100,000 residents, 57% lower than the U.S. average.

Payson distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 87 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Payson among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Payson 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.

Is Payson a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Payson, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Payson presents a total crime rate that is 60% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Payson experiences an average of 0.58 daily crimes, comprising 0.05 violent incidents and 0.53 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Payson Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Payson has decreased by 13.8%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Payson, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 11.1%, while property crime has decreased by 15.7%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Payson is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Payson

Payson has a population density of 1542.3 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Payson crime rates.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Payson, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 1.05 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

In Payson, the average rental rates are $1,103 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Payson crime map

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

  • Payson crime rates are 60% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Payson are 76% lower than the national average
  • In Payson you have a 1 in 108 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Payson is safer than 76% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Payson has decreased by 20%

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        Daily Crime In Payson (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Payson, UT per 100,000 people. In Payson, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 2.31 times less than the Utah average and 2.51 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Payson is 2.78 times less than the Utah average and 4.25 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Payson has a daily crime rate that is 2.26 times less than the Utah average and 2.33 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Payson (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Utah and all other cities across the US, is Payson safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Payson is safer than 76% of other cities in the state of Utah. In addition, Payson is safer than 76% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Utah and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Payson. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Payson is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Payson

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Payson is 1 in 1150
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Payson is 1 in 120
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Payson is 1 in 108
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Payson? In Payson, UT you have a 1 in 1150 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 120 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 108 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Payson.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Payson is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Payson has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 2% in Payson, while property crimes in Payson have decreased by 22%. Total crime has decreased by 20% year over year.

        Payson police department

        Item Payson Utah National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)203,469558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.02.43.3
        There are a total of 20 Payson police officers. This results in 1.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 55.4% less than the Utah average and 67.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Utah

        State Total offenders Utah /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,736 sex offenders in Utah. This yields a total of 362 sex offenders in Utah per 100,000 residents which is 36% 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
        Woodland Hills, UT1,42242328369
        Santaquin, UT12,27638333371
        Mapleton, UT10,270119335455
        Salem, UT8,40319446466
        Benjamin, UT88673570643
        Genola, UT1,60178608686
        Elk Ridge, UT3,99496755852
        Payson, UT20,18187840927

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Nogales, AZ20,1822433,5543,797
        Mountain Brook, AL20,17827940968
        Kinston, NC20,1737083,2423,950
        La Crescenta-Montrose, CA20,1712691,2601,529
        Wade Hampton, SC20,1924061,9102,316
        Payson, UT20,18187840927
        Source: The Payson, UT 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.