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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property 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 peopleRichardson/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,813n/a (estimate)2,4302,7322,324
Violent crime183n/a (estimate)158432370
Vehicle theft345n/a298.0331.2282.7
Property crime2,630n/a (estimate)2,2722,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Richardson, TX

The Richardson crime rates are 4.5% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 183 violent crimes in Richardson (158 per 100,000 people), which is 57.3% lower than the national average and there were a total of 2630 property crimes (2272 per 100,000 residents) which is 16.2% higher than average.

When evaluating the Richardson crime rate for every 100,000 residents, it positions itself in the middle range among all cities that reported crime. Our examination of total offenses, spanning both violent and property crimes, indicates that the reported Richardson crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Richardson?

AreaVibes surveyed 25 local residents in Richardson to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 76% of people answered that there was very little crime in Richardson and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 24% 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 Richardson a Safe Place to Live?

Is Richardson a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Richardson has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 5%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 7.71 daily incidents, encompassing 0.5 violent crimes and 7.21 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Richardson as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Richardson Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Richardson has increased by 4.8%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Richardson, 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 0.6%, while property crime has increased by 5.1%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Richardson is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Richardson

Richardson reports an unemployment rate of 3%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Richardson crime rates.

Richardson has a population density of 4151.2 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 Richardson crime rates.

In Richardson, 91% of residents have graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of a community can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

Richardson crime map

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

  • Richardson crime rates are 5% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Richardson are 57% lower than the national average
  • In Richardson you have a 1 in 42 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Richardson is safer than 52% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Richardson has increased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Richardson (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Richardson, TX per 100,000 people. In Richardson, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.12 times less than the Texas average and 1.05 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Richardson is 2.73 times less than the Texas average and 2.34 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Richardson has a daily crime rate that is 1.01 times less than the Texas average and 1.16 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Richardson (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Richardson to every other city in Texas, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Richardson safe? The gauges above illustrate that Richardson is safer than 51% of every city located within Texas along with 52% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Texas and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Richardson, TX is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Richardson

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Richardson is 1 in 633
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Richardson is 1 in 45
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Richardson is 1 in 42
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Richardson, Texas? If you reside in Richardson, then there is a 1 in 633 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 45. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 42 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Richardson.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Richardson is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Richardson has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 7% in Richardson, while property crimes in Richardson have increased by 12%. Total crime has increased by 11% year over year.

        Richardson police department

        Item Richardson Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)23946,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.33.03.3
        There are a total of 239 Richardson police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 23% less than the Texas average and 28.8% 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
        Parker, TX4,92081326407
        St. Paul, TX1,37770373443
        Wylie, TX51,25159578637
        Fairview, TX8,99846623669
        Sachse, TX25,88835696731
        Murphy, TX20,71142695737
        Hackberry, TX2,426140744884
        Richardson, TX118,5831582,2722,430

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Sugar Land, TX118,563901,6161,706
        Evansville, IN118,4147193,7674,486
        Cambridge, MA117,8224062,2402,646
        Lansing, MI117,4881,2792,6913,970
        Beaumont, TX117,3211,0803,8824,962
        Richardson, TX118,5831582,2722,430
        Source: The Richardson, 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.