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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 peoplePekin/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime815n/a (estimate)2,6081,9702,324
Violent crime103n/a (estimate)330287370
Vehicle theft38n/a121.6281.6282.7
Property crime712n/a (estimate)2,2781,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Pekin, IL

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 Pekin is 12.2% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 103 violent crimes reported in Pekin, equivalent to 330 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 10.9%. Additionally, Pekin recorded 712 property crimes, amounting to 2278 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 16.6%.

When assessing the total crime rate in Pekin per 100,000 people, it stands in the median range among all cities with reported crime data. Our analysis of total incidents, encompassing both violent and property crimes within Pekin, underscores the close alignment of reported crime rates with the national average as reported by other areas.

Pekin exhibits a violent crime rate that closely echoes the national average reported by all cities, with 330 incidents per 100,000 people, in line with the nationwide figure of 370. This uniformity underscores Pekin as a community where safety standards align seamlessly with the broader national context, delivering residents a steadfast and dependable sense of security.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Pekin stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Pekin, a total of 5 murders were reported, equating to 16 murders per 100,000 residents. This statistic underscores the challenges facing the area in terms of severe violent crime and the importance of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security within the community.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Pekin?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Pekin. Based on the results of the surveys (6 responses), 67% of people felt that there was very little crime in Pekin and felt safe walking alone at night. While 33% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Pekin a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Pekin 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 Pekin crime rate is 12% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 2.23 crimes per day - 0.28 violent crimes and 1.95 property crimes.

Has Crime in Pekin 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 Pekin 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 Pekin has increased by 19.9% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 1% and property crime has increased by 23.6%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Pekin

The economic prosperity of a city's inhabitants exerts substantial influence on crime stats. Elevated poverty rates and income inequality can precipitate heightened criminal activity, as individuals may turn to illicit means to fulfill their fundamental requirements. While lower poverty rates could lead to lower Pekin crime rates. In Pekin, the poverty rate stands at 15.5%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

Rising cost of living expenses, including increased housing costs, grocery, utility and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards crime, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Pekin, the cost of living is 14.51% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

Elevated rental costs can generate economic strain for both individuals and families, particularly those with restricted financial means. When a substantial proportion of one's income is allocated to housing costs, it often leaves limited resources for fulfilling other crucial necessities such as groceries, healthcare and education. This financial pressure can fuel desperation, potentially prompting individuals to resort to criminal actions, including theft or fraud, as a means of coping with their financial hardships. In Pekin, the average monthly rent stands at $671, while the national average is $949 per month.

Pekin crime map

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

  • Pekin crime rates are 12% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Pekin are 11% lower than the national average
  • In Pekin you have a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Pekin is safer than 29% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Pekin has increased by 21%

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        Daily Crime In Pekin (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Pekin, IL per 100,000 people. In Pekin, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.32 times more than the Illinois average and 1.12 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Pekin is 1.15 times more than the Illinois average and 1.12 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Pekin has a daily crime rate that is 1.35 times more than the Illinois average and 1.17 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Pekin (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Pekin, Illinois compared to other areas of Illinois, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Pekin safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Pekin is safer than 14% of Illinois cities, and 29% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Illinois, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Pekin. At this time, Pekin sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Pekin

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Pekin is 1 in 304
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Pekin is 1 in 44
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Pekin is 1 in 39
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Pekin? In Pekin, you have a 1 in 304 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 44. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Pekin, IL is 1 in 39.

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

        A good indicator of whether Pekin 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 Pekin has not changed, while the property crime rate in Pekin has increased by 25% year over year. The number of total crimes in Pekin has increased by 21% year over year.

        Pekin police department

        Item Pekin Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)6330,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.82.63.3
        There are a total of 63 Pekin police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30.4% less than the Illinois average and 43.3% 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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        Hopedale, IL807000
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        Germantown Hills, IL3,42187510597
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        Hanna City, IL1,347121707827
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        Pekin, IL32,7963302,2782,608

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        Salisbury, MD32,8501,0952,5833,678
        Lewiston, ID32,8531812,6392,820
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        Pekin, IL32,7963302,2782,608
        Source: The Pekin, 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.