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 peopleSalem/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime16n/a (estimate)1,0153,0972,324
Violent crime3n/a (estimate)190645370
Vehicle theft1n/a63.4250.7282.7
Property crime13n/a (estimate)8242,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Salem, AR

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Salem crime rate is 56.4% 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 Salem, there were 3 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 190 per 100,000 individuals, 48.6% lower than the national average. Additionally, Salem recorded 13 property crimes, amounting to 824 per 100,000 residents, 57.8% lower than the U.S. average.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Salem reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

Is Salem a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Salem is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Salem has an overall crime rate that is 56% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.04 daily occurrences, comprising 0.01 violent crimes and 0.04 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Salem as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Salem Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Salem has didn't change by 0%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Salem, 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 50%, while property crime has didn't change by 7.1%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Salem is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Salem

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Salem currently has an unemployment rate of 1.2%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

In Salem, 89.9% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city 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.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Salem has a median home price of $75,100, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Salem crime map

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

      • Salem crime rates are 56% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Salem are 49% lower than the national average
      • In Salem you have a 1 in 99 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Salem is safer than 60% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Salem has increased by 5%

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        Daily Crime In Salem (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Salem

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Salem is 1 in 526
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Salem is 1 in 122
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Salem is 1 in 99

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

        Salem police department

        Item Salem Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a5,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.93.3

        Sex offenders in Arkansas

        State Total offenders Arkansas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,875 sex offenders in Arkansas. This yields a total of 323 sex offenders in Arkansas per 100,000 residents which is 21% 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
        Cammack Village, AR887265529794
        Shannon Hills, AR3,9144978001,297
        Haskell, AR4,5592711,1081,379
        Salem city, AR1,9353121,1871,499
        Avilla, AR1,0823331,2661,599
        Landmark, AR3,6283341,2721,606
        East End, AR6,1505081,9312,440
        Salem, AR1,5321908241,015

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        Woodville, WI1,532131611742
        Lawrenceville, VA1,5321959761,171
        Elk Rapids, MI1,53183278361
        Lawton, MI1,5331081,2431,351
        Tri-Lakes, IN1,53157286342
        Salem, AR1,5321908241,015
        Source: The Salem, AR 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.