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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 peopleSarasota/100k peopleFlorida/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,106n/a (estimate)3,8031,8252,324
Violent crime365n/a (estimate)659259370
Vehicle theft183n/a330.4138.0282.7
Property crime1,741n/a (estimate)3,1441,5661,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Sarasota, FL

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Sarasota crime rate is higher than the national average by 63.6%. Specifically, there were 365 violent crimes in Sarasota, equivalent to 659 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 78.2%. Furthermore, Sarasota recorded 1741 property crimes, amounting to 3144 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 60.9%.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Sarasota is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 7 murders in Sarasota, which equates to 13 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Sarasota being a very dangerous place to live.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Sarasota?

AreaVibes surveyed 127 local residents in Sarasota to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 51% of people answered that there was very little crime in Sarasota and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 49% 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 Sarasota a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Sarasota is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Sarasota has a total crime rate that is 64% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 5.77 daily crimes (1 violent daily crimes and 4.77 daily property crimes) in Sarasota.

Has Crime in Sarasota Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Sarasota. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Sarasota has increased by 6.9%. Violent crimes have increased by 4.6%, while property crimes have increased by 7.3%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Sarasota Neighborhood Crime Rates

The Sarasota area comprises a diverse array of over 39 distinct neighborhoods, each exhibiting a unique crime rate influenced by location and various socioeconomic factors. Generally, neighborhoods situated in proximity to the city center, characterized by higher population density, often report elevated crime rates. Conversely, the outlying neighborhoods, marked by lower population density and reduced unemployment and poverty rates, tend to experience lower crime incidence. Some neighborhoods with lower crime rates include: Cherokee Park, Harbor Acres and Hudson Bayou which foster a strong sense of safety. Conversely, neighborhoods such as Downtown, Rosemary District and 17th Street exhibit crime rates above the average, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive research when evaluating different Sarasota neighborhoods, given their considerable variation in crime rates.

Potential Causes for Crime in Sarasota

In Sarasota, the current unemployment rate stands at 2%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Sarasota crime rates.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Sarasota, 84.8% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Sarasota are $1,177, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Sarasota crime map

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

      • Sarasota crime rates are 64% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Sarasota are 78% higher than the national average
      • In Sarasota you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Sarasota is safer than 10% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Sarasota has increased by 14%

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        Daily Crime In Sarasota (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Sarasota on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Florida and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Sarasota (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Florida, are 2.08 times more than the state average and 1.64 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Sarasota on a daily basis are 2.55 times more than than Florida average and 1.78 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Sarasota are 2.01 times more than the daily state average and 1.61 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Sarasota (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Sarasota, Florida compared to other areas of Florida, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Sarasota safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Sarasota is safer than 13% of Florida cities, and 10% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Florida, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Sarasota. At this time, Sarasota sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Sarasota

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Sarasota is 1 in 152
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Sarasota is 1 in 32
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Sarasota is 1 in 27
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Sarasota, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 152. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 32 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 Sarasota is 1 in 27.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Sarasota is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Sarasota has increased by 11% and the rate of property crime in Sarasota has increased by 14%. The total crime rate in Sarasota has increased by 14% year to year.

        Sarasota police department

        Item Sarasota Florida National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)21431,023558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.04.23.3
        There are a total of 214 Sarasota police officers. This results in 4.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 4.7% less than the Florida average and 24.1% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Florida

        State Total offenders Florida /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 53,771 sex offenders in Florida. This yields a total of 330 sex offenders in Florida per 100,000 residents which is 24% 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
        Anna Maria, FL1,08736220256
        The Meadows, FL5,23582498580
        Osprey, FL6,21884509593
        Siesta Key, FL5,58784509593
        South Sarasota, FL4,99384509593
        Whitfield, FL4,398100608708
        Longboat Key, FL7,29952758811
        Sarasota, FL57,7876593,1443,803

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Huntington Park, CA57,7617923,7924,584
        Bonita Springs, FL57,755141851991
        Hendersonville, TN57,888136836972
        Towson, MD57,5423991,6392,037
        St. Peters, MO57,5362271,5501,777
        Sarasota, FL57,7876593,1443,803
        Source: The Sarasota, FL 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.