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Total crime 76%
Violent crime 93%
Property crime 73%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePetal/100k peopleMississippi/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime64n/a (estimate)5982,6542,489
Murder0n/a0.011.25.0
Rape1n/a9.325.142.6
Robbery0n/a0.057.181.6
Assault2n/a18.7184.6250.2
Violent crime3n/a (estimate)28278379
Burglary36n/a336.4627.0340.5
Theft19n/a177.51,555.71,549.5
Vehicle theft6n/a56.1193.1219.9
Property crime61n/a (estimate)5702,3762,110

Key findings

  • Petal crime rates are 76% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Petal are 93% lower than the national average
  • In Petal you have a 1 in 168 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Petal is safer than 89% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Petal has increased by 8%

Petal crime map

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The Petal crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Petal as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Petal crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Petal (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Petal on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Mississippi and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Petal (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Mississippi, are 4.44 times less than the state average and 4.16 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Petal on a daily basis are 9.91 times less than than Mississippi average and 13.53 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Petal are 4.17 times less than the daily state average and 3.70 times less than the daily national numbers.

      How Safe is Petal (higher is better)

      Is Petal safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Mississippi as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Petal to other cities in the state and across the country, Petal is 97% safer than other cities of Mississippi and 89% safer than other cities in the nation. Petal has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Petal

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Petal is 1 in 3568
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Petal is 1 in 176
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Petal is 1 in 168
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Petal? If you reside in Petal, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 3568. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 176 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Petal, is 1 in 168.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Petal, MS is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Petal has not changed, while the property crime rate in Petal has increased by 3% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Petal has increased by 8% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Petal police department

      ItemPetalMississippiNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)284,806558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.63.83.3
      There are a total of 28 Petal police officers. This results in 2.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30.7% less than the Mississippi average and 18.8% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Mississippi

      StateTotal offendersMississippi /100KNational /100K
      Mississippi11,060380266
      There are a total of 11,060 sex offenders in Mississippi. This yields a total of 380 sex offenders in Mississippi per 100,000 residents which is 43% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Arnold Line, MS2,34994804898
      Glendale, MS1,9171211,0341,155
      Purvis, MS2,4471221,0401,161
      West Hattiesburg, MS5,7642031,7321,935
      New Augusta, MS7993623,0923,454
      Hattiesburg, MS46,8462314,4924,723
      Petal, MS10,73628570598

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Burr Ridge, IL10,736651,4781,542
      Van Wert, OH10,7382163,1513,367
      Picayune, MS10,7322732,3332,606
      Lake Morton-Berrydale, WA10,7422051,8662,071
      Arkadelphia, AR10,7284232,4042,827
      Petal, MS10,73628570598
      Source: The Petal, MS crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.