Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleRochester/100k peopleNew Hampshire/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime637n/a (estimate)1,9251,1372,324
Violent crime63n/a (estimate)190126370
Vehicle theft33n/a99.766.5282.7
Property crime574n/a (estimate)1,7341,0111,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Rochester, NH

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Rochester crime rate is 17.2% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Rochester, there were 63 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 190 per 100,000 individuals, 48.5% lower than the national average. Additionally, Rochester recorded 574 property crimes, amounting to 1734 per 100,000 residents, 11.3% lower than the U.S. average.

During the most recently reported crime year, Rochester 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.

In the most recent release, Rochester reported a property crime rate that closely aligns with the national average. In Rochester, there were 1734 reported property crimes, a figure consistent with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. This positions the area as maintaining a level of safety and security on par with the typical city. The harmonious statistics underscore a balanced commitment to community well-being, offering residents a sense of stability and peace in their surroundings.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Rochester?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Rochester residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 28 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 25% of Rochester residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 75% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Rochester a Safe Place to Live?

Is Rochester 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, Rochester has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 17%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 1.75 daily incidents, encompassing 0.17 violent crimes and 1.57 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Rochester as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester has decreased by 32.1% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 12.5% and property crime has decreased by 33.7%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Rochester

In Rochester, 82.9% 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.

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 Rochester, the cost of living is 10.12% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Rochester, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 2.37, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

Rochester crime map

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

  • Rochester crime rates are 17% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Rochester are 49% lower than the national average
  • In Rochester you have a 1 in 52 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Rochester is safer than 49% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Rochester has decreased by 35%

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        Daily Crime In Rochester (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Rochester, NH per 100,000 people. In Rochester, the total number of daily crimes is 1.69 times more than the New Hampshire average and 1.21 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Rochester is 1.52 times more than the New Hampshire average and 1.94 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Rochester has a daily crime rate that is 1.72 times more than the New Hampshire average and 1.13 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Rochester (higher is better)

        Is Rochester safe in comparison to other cities in the state of New Hampshire as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Rochester to other cities in the state and across the country, Rochester is 12% safer than other cities of New Hampshire and 49% safer than other cities in the nation. Rochester has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Rochester

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Rochester is 1 in 526
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Rochester is 1 in 58
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Rochester is 1 in 52
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Rochester, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 526. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 58 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Rochester is 1 in 52.

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

        Determining whether Rochester is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Rochester violent crime rates have decreased by 16%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 36% year over year. Total crimes for Rochester has decreased by 35% in the same time frame.

        Rochester police department

        Item Rochester New Hampshire National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)711,969558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.42.43.3
        There are a total of 71 Rochester police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 1.3% less than the New Hampshire average and 27.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in New Hampshire

        State Total offenders New Hampshire /100K National /100K
        New Hampshire2,616204266
        There are a total of 2,616 sex offenders in New Hampshire. This yields a total of 204 sex offenders in New Hampshire per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Kittery Point, ME1,03414170185
        South Eliot, ME3,04728332360
        Durham, NH12,01658315373
        North Berwick, ME1,71697387484
        Alton, NH170116529644
        Berwick, ME1,985110721831
        Milton, NH5371109051,015
        Rochester, NH31,3051901,7341,925

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Saratoga Springs, UT31,273100647747
        West Falls Church, VA31,2621238901,013
        Orcutt, CA31,3535502,5783,128
        Redmond, OR31,3591652,1382,303
        Shawnee, OK31,3615713,4964,067
        Rochester, NH31,3051901,7341,925
        Source: The Rochester, NH 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.