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 peopleUtah/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime48n/a (estimate)4662,1372,324
Violent crime2n/a (estimate)19242370
Vehicle theft4n/a38.8208.4282.7
Property crime46n/a (estimate)4461,8951,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Salem, UT

The Salem crime rates are 80% lower 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 2 violent crimes in Salem (19 per 100,000 people), which is 94.8% lower than the national average and there were a total of 46 property crimes (446 per 100,000 residents) which is 77.2% lower than average.

Salem enjoys a remarkably low crime rate, standing at just 466, a significant contrast to the national average of 2324. This distinction firmly establishes Salem as one of the safest places to reside in the entire United States. This crime rate is meticulously calculated, taking into account the total occurrences of both violent and property crimes per 100,000 individuals, providing a comprehensive perspective on the area's safety and livability.

Salem distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 19 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Salem among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Salem 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.

Since 1990, property crime rates per 100,000 people in the United States have steadily decreased. Recently, the average did increase slightly. Having said that, Salem has a property crime rate that is well below the national average with only 446 reported property crimes compared to the national average of 1954. Based on this report, Salem remains a very safe place to live with regards to property crime.

Is Salem a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Salem a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Salem crime rate is 80% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.13 crimes per day - 0.01 violent crimes and 0.13 property crimes.

Has Crime in Salem Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Salem has increased by 6.7% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Salem 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 50%, while property crime has increased by 12.2%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Salem.

Potential Causes for Crime in Salem

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Salem, 93.3% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

The median home price in Salem is $362,600, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

In Salem, the average rental rates are $1,222 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

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 80% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Salem are 95% lower than the national average
      • In Salem you have a 1 in 215 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Salem is safer than 93% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Salem has decreased by 5%

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        Daily Crime In Salem (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Salem for every 100,000 residents. The Salem total amount of daily crime is 4.59 times less than the Utah average and 4.99 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Salem, is 12.46 times less than the Utah average, and it is 19.06 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Salem has a daily crime average that is 4.25 times less than the Utah average and 4.38 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Salem (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Utah and all other cities across the US, is Salem safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Salem is safer than 95% of other cities in the state of Utah. In addition, Salem is safer than 93% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Utah and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Salem. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Salem is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Salem

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Salem is 1 in 5155
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Salem is 1 in 225
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Salem is 1 in 215
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Salem? In Salem, UT you have a 1 in 5155 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 225 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 215 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Salem.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Salem is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Salem has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 57% in Salem, while property crimes in Salem have not changed. Total crime has decreased by 5% year over year.

        Salem police department

        Item Salem Utah National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)103,469558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.52.43.3
        There are a total of 10 Salem police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 36.5% less than the Utah average and 54% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Utah

        State Total offenders Utah /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,736 sex offenders in Utah. This yields a total of 362 sex offenders in Utah per 100,000 residents which is 36% 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
        Woodland Hills, UT1,42242328369
        Santaquin, UT12,27638333371
        Mapleton, UT10,270119335455
        Benjamin, UT88673570643
        Genola, UT1,60178608686
        Elk Ridge, UT3,99496755852
        Payson, UT20,18187840927
        Salem, UT8,40319446466

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Arab, AL8,4053273,3923,719
        Cape St. Claire, MD8,4052931,2041,497
        Socorro, NM8,4068753,3474,222
        Greenville, MI8,4074622,1932,655
        Fair Lakes, VA8,39882595677
        Salem, UT8,40319446466
        Source: The Salem, UT 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.