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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 peopleProvincetown/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime36n/a (estimate)9541,3922,324
Violent crime6n/a (estimate)159322370
Vehicle theft2n/a53.099.7282.7
Property crime30n/a (estimate)7951,0701,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Provincetown, MA

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 Provincetown is 59% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 6 violent crimes reported in Provincetown, equivalent to 159 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 57%. Additionally, Provincetown recorded 30 property crimes, amounting to 795 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 59.3%.

In the latest reported crime year, Provincetown recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Provincetown?

AreaVibes surveyed 19 local residents in Provincetown to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 79% of people answered that there was very little crime in Provincetown and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 21% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Provincetown a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Provincetown 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. Provincetown has a total crime rate that is 59% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.1 daily crimes (0.02 violent daily crimes and 0.08 daily property crimes) in Provincetown.

Has Crime in Provincetown Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Provincetown has decreased by 45.5% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Provincetown 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 decreased by 60%, while property crime has decreased by 41.2%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Provincetown.

Potential Causes for Crime in Provincetown

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Provincetown, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 5.1%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Provincetown has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 8.43 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.

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 Provincetown, the average monthly rent stands at $1,139, while the national average is $949 per month.

Provincetown crime map

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

      • Provincetown crime rates are 59% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Provincetown are 57% lower than the national average
      • In Provincetown you have a 1 in 105 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Provincetown is safer than 66% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Provincetown has decreased by 57%

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        Daily Crime In Provincetown (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Provincetown

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Provincetown is 1 in 630
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Provincetown is 1 in 126
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Provincetown is 1 in 105

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

        Provincetown police department

        Item Provincetown Massachusetts National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2511,659558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents8.42.23.3
        There are a total of 25 Provincetown police officers. This results in 8.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 291.3% greater than the Massachusetts average and 159.2% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Massachusetts

        State Total offenders Massachusetts /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 4,551 sex offenders in Massachusetts. This yields a total of 72 sex offenders in Massachusetts per 100,000 residents which is 73% less than the national average.

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        North Eastham, MA1,741105350455
        Provincetown, MA2,730159795954

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        Source: The Provincetown, MA 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.