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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 peopleSulphur/100k peopleLouisiana/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime811n/a (estimate)4,1423,3772,324
Violent crime84n/a (estimate)429629370
Vehicle theft38n/a194.1310.3282.7
Property crime727n/a (estimate)3,7132,7481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Sulphur, LA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Sulphur is 78.2% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Sulphur, there were 84 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 429 per 100,000 individuals, 16% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 727 property crimes, amounting to 3713 per 100,000 residents, 90% higher than the U.S. average.

Having a crime rate of 4142 per 100,000 residents, Sulphur experiences a crime rate that is 78.2% higher when compared to the national average, leading to one of the highest overall crime rates in the nation. It's important to clarify that this doesn't imply the entire city is unsafe. Like any area, Sulphur contains neighborhoods with varying safety levels and you can find areas that are notably safer than others, emphasizing the need for targeted crime prevention efforts and community engagement initiatives.

Sulphur has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 3713 crimes per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all American cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of property crime in Sulphur is 1 in 27, which is far higher than the national average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Sulphur?

What do the local residents think about crime in Sulphur? Well, based on a recent survey of 6 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 17% of Sulphur residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 83% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Sulphur a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Sulphur 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. Sulphur has a total crime rate that is 78% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 2.22 daily crimes (0.23 violent daily crimes and 1.99 daily property crimes) in Sulphur.

Has Crime in Sulphur Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Sulphur crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Sulphur has increased by 2.1% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 44.8% and property crime has increased by 1.2%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Sulphur

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Sulphur crime rates. For instance, in Sulphur, the population density stands at 1793.2 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Sulphur, the cost of living is 15.09% lower than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Sulphur is $140,900, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Sulphur crime map

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

      • Sulphur crime rates are 78% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Sulphur are 16% higher than the national average
      • In Sulphur you have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Sulphur is safer than 15% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Sulphur has increased by 5%

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        Daily Crime In Sulphur (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Sulphur, LA per 100,000 people. In Sulphur, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.23 times more than the Louisiana average and 1.78 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Sulphur is 1.47 times less than the Louisiana average and 1.16 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Sulphur has a daily crime rate that is 1.35 times more than the Louisiana average and 1.90 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Sulphur (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Sulphur in comparison to other Louisiana communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Sulphur safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Sulphur being safer than 43% of cities in Louisiana and 15% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Louisiana cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Sulphur. In conclusion, Sulphur ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Sulphur

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Sulphur is 1 in 234
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Sulphur is 1 in 27
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Sulphur is 1 in 25
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Sulphur? In Sulphur, you have a 1 in 234 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 27. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Sulphur, LA is 1 in 25.

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

        A good indicator of whether Sulphur is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Sulphur has increased by 48%, while the property crime rate in Sulphur has increased by 1% year over year. The number of total crimes in Sulphur has increased by 5% year over year.

        Sulphur police department

        Item Sulphur Louisiana National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)607,311558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a4.23.3

        Sex offenders in Louisiana

        State Total offenders Louisiana /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 12,948 sex offenders in Louisiana. This yields a total of 286 sex offenders in Louisiana per 100,000 residents which is 8% greater than the national average.

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Prien, LA8,4693551,5521,907
        Westlake, LA4,7881572,7782,935
        Moss Bluff, LA10,3525492,4002,950
        Carlyss, LA5,1855902,5783,169
        Vinton, LA3,2964373,2963,734
        Lake Charles, LA77,8326293,1123,742
        Gillis, LA5879003,9324,832
        Sulphur, LA20,1224293,7134,142

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        Rocky River, OH20,11580709788
        South St. Paul, MN20,1324082,3062,714
        Dixon, CA20,1063371,5421,879
        Ferndale, MI20,1392682,0362,304
        Charleston, IL20,1414202,4612,881
        Sulphur, LA20,1224293,7134,142
        Source: The Sulphur, LA 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.