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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 peopleRocky Mount/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,959n/a (estimate)3,6502,4692,324
Violent crime473n/a (estimate)881405370
Vehicle theft148n/a275.8199.3282.7
Property crime1,486n/a (estimate)2,7692,0641,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Rocky Mount, NC

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 Rocky Mount is 57.1% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 473 violent crimes reported in Rocky Mount, equivalent to 881 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 138.3%. Additionally, Rocky Mount recorded 1486 property crimes, amounting to 2769 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 41.7%.

With a violent crime rate of 881 crimes per 100,000 residents, Rocky Mount is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, Rocky Mount ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 114 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Rocky Mount is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 19 murders in Rocky Mount, which equates to 35 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Rocky Mount being a very dangerous place to live.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Rocky Mount?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Rocky Mount residents. Out of the respondents (99 in total), 12% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Rocky Mount were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 88% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Rocky Mount a Safe Place to Live?

Is Rocky Mount 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, Rocky Mount has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 57%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 5.37 daily incidents, encompassing 1.3 violent crimes and 4.07 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Rocky Mount as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Rocky Mount Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Rocky Mount has increased by 7.9%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Rocky Mount, 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 decreased by 6%, while property crime has increased by 13.2%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Rocky Mount is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Rocky Mount

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, 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 Rocky Mount, the cost of living is 14.28% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

Rocky Mount has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 3.24 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.

Rocky Mount has an average rental rate of $782 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Rocky Mount crime map

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

      • Rocky Mount crime rates are 57% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Rocky Mount are 138% higher than the national average
      • In Rocky Mount you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Rocky Mount is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Rocky Mount has increased by 7%

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        Daily Crime In Rocky Mount (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Rocky Mount for every 100,000 residents. The Rocky Mount total amount of daily crime is 1.48 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.57 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Rocky Mount, is 2.18 times more than the North Carolina average, and it is 2.38 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Rocky Mount has a daily crime average that is 1.34 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.42 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Rocky Mount (higher is better)

        How safe is Rocky Mount, North Carolina compared to other cities in North Carolina and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Rocky Mount is safer than 15% of the cities in North Carolina and 6% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in North Carolina and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Rocky Mount. Overall, Rocky Mount is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Rocky Mount

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Rocky Mount is 1 in 114
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Rocky Mount is 1 in 37
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Rocky Mount is 1 in 28
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Rocky Mount? In Rocky Mount, NC you have a 1 in 114 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 37 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Rocky Mount.

        Year Over Year Crime In Rocky Mount (per 100,000 people)

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

        Rocky Mount police department

        Item Rocky Mount North Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)18814,511558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.24.83.3
        There are a total of 188 Rocky Mount police officers. This results in 3.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 32.1% less than the North Carolina average and 0.3% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in North Carolina

        State Total offenders North Carolina /100K National /100K
        North Carolina26,293320266
        There are a total of 26,293 sex offenders in North Carolina. This yields a total of 320 sex offenders in North Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 20% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

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        Dortches, NC978118604722
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        Pinetops, NC1,4122101,0701,280
        Sharpsburg, NC1,4182321,1821,414
        Princeville, NC2,0132421,2341,476
        Nashville, NC5,5213681,8732,241
        Rocky Mount, NC54,3308812,7693,650

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        Source: The Rocky Mount, NC 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.