Annual Crime In Scottsdale (2018)

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleScottsdale/100k peopleArizona/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime6,105n/a (estimate)2,3943,1522,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleScottsdale/100k peopleArizona/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder7n/a2.75.15.0
Rape122n/a47.950.742.6
Robbery87n/a34.191.086.2
Assault206n/a80.8328.1246.8
Violent crime422n/a (estimate)166475381
Burglary711n/a278.9439.7376.0
Theft4,700n/a1,843.41,970.31,594.6
Vehicle theft272n/a106.7266.9228.9
Property crime5,683n/a (estimate)2,2292,6772,200

Key findings

  • Scottsdale crime rates are 7% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Scottsdale are 57% lower than the national average
  • In Scottsdale you have a 1 in 42 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Scottsdale is safer than 47% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Scottsdale has decreased by 5%

Scottsdale crime map

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Compare Scottsdale, AZ Crime To Other Cities

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      Daily Crime In Scottsdale (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Scottsdale on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Arizona and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Scottsdale (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Arizona, are 1.32 times less than the state average and 1.08 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Scottsdale on a daily basis are 2.87 times less than than Arizona average and 2.30 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Scottsdale are 1.20 times less than the daily state average and 1.01 times more than the daily national numbers.

      How Safe is Scottsdale (higher is better)

      Many people wonder how safe they are in Scottsdale, AZ in comparison to other cities in the state of Arizona as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Scottsdale to other cities in the state and across the country, Scottsdale is 66% safer than other cities of Arizona and 47% safer than other cities in the nation. Scottsdale has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Scottsdale

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Scottsdale is 1 in 605
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Scottsdale is 1 in 45
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Scottsdale is 1 in 42
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Scottsdale? In Scottsdale, AZ you have a 1 in 605 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 45 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 42 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Scottsdale.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Scottsdale, AZ is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Scottsdale has increased by 8%, while the property crime rate in Scottsdale has decreased by 6% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Scottsdale has decreased by 5% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Scottsdale police department

      ItemScottsdaleArizonaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)63812,274558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.93.13.3
      There are a total of 638 Scottsdale police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 7.9% less than the Arizona average and 12.2% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Arizona

      StateTotal offendersArizona /100KNational /100K
      Arizona8,206157266
      There are a total of 8,206 sex offenders in Arizona. This yields a total of 157 sex offenders in Arizona per 100,000 residents which is 41% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Fountain Hills, AZ23,8632001,1241,324
      Paradise Valley, AZ13,833211,3501,371
      Gilbert, AZ226,832951,3231,417
      Maricopa Colony, AZ1,0272581,4551,713
      Mesa, AZ470,4563641,9852,349
      Chandler, AZ242,1312372,1212,358
      Deer Creek, AZ1694232,3862,810
      Scottsdale, AZ234,4951662,2292,394

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Garland, TX234,8102752,6942,969
      Hialeah, FL235,6262202,2152,435
      Chesapeake, VA233,1944042,1422,546
      Irving, TX232,0132092,3612,570
      Reno, NV237,1216482,3993,047
      Scottsdale, AZ234,4951662,2292,394
      Source: The Scottsdale, AZ crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.