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 peopleToledo/100k peopleOhio/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime11,330n/a (estimate)4,2442,0762,324
Violent crime3,105n/a (estimate)1,163294370
Vehicle theft1,156n/a433.0234.5282.7
Property crime8,225n/a (estimate)3,0811,7831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Toledo, OH

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Toledo is 82.6% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 3105 violent crimes reported in Toledo, equivalent to 1163 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 214.5%. Additionally, Toledo recorded 8225 property crimes, amounting to 3081 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 57.6%.

Toledo has a crime rate of 4244 per 100,000 people, which surpasses the national average by 82.59%, leading to one of the highest total crime rates in the United States. Addressing this issue is vital for improving overall safety and desirability of Toledo. Efforts to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative initiatives are essential to create a more secure and appealing environment for residents and prospective newcomers alike.

Toledo ranks among the most perilous cities in the United States, bearing a violent crime rate of 1163 per 100,000 people, positioning it within the lowest 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime statistics. The odds of falling victim to violent crime in Toledo stand at 1 in every 86 residents, emphasizing the pressing need for enhanced safety measures and community engagement to address this significant concern.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Toledo is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 61 murders in Toledo, which equates to 23 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Toledo being a very dangerous place to live.

With a total of 1156 vehicle thefts last year, Toledo has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 433 per 100,000 people. This lands Toledo in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 231.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Toledo?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Toledo. Based on the results of the surveys (216 responses), 15% of people felt that there was very little crime in Toledo and felt safe walking alone at night. While 85% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Toledo a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Toledo 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. Toledo has a total crime rate that is 83% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 31.04 daily crimes (8.51 violent daily crimes and 22.53 daily property crimes) in Toledo.

Has Crime in Toledo Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Toledo. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Toledo has increased by 8%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 6.8%, while property crime has increased by 8.5%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Toledo.

Toledo Neighborhood Crime Rates

Toledo is a large urban city with at least 24 distinct neighborhoods. As a result, crime rates will differ dramatically from one neighborhood to the next. Typically, high density neighborhoods that are located close to the city center, experience more crime than neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. Some of the safest neighborhoods in Toledo include: Southwyck, West Gate and Franklin Park. Some neighborhoods that have a higher number of reported crime that you might want to avoid include: North River, Warren Sherman and Birmingham.

Potential Causes for Crime in Toledo

Toledo has a poverty rate of 25.6, while the national average is 15.1. In the past, there has been a direct correlation between high or low poverty rates and high or low crime stats. Elevated poverty levels and income disparities can contribute to heightened criminal activity, as individuals may resort to unlawful means to address their fundamental necessities. While lower poverty levels have led to a reduction in typical crime levels compared to other areas.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Toledo, the cost of living is 16.65% lower than the national average.

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 Toledo is $83,600, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Toledo crime map

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

      • Toledo crime rates are 83% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Toledo are 214% higher than the national average
      • In Toledo you have a 1 in 24 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Toledo is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Toledo has increased by 9%

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        Daily Crime In Toledo (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Toledo for every 100,000 residents. The Toledo total amount of daily crime is 2.04 times more than the Ohio average and 1.83 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Toledo, is 3.96 times more than the Ohio average, and it is 3.14 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Toledo has a daily crime average that is 1.73 times more than the Ohio average and 1.58 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Toledo (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Toledo in comparison to other Ohio communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Toledo safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Toledo being safer than 2% of cities in Ohio and 3% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Ohio cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Toledo. In conclusion, Toledo ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Toledo

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Toledo is 1 in 86
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Toledo is 1 in 33
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Toledo is 1 in 24
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Toledo? In Toledo, you have a 1 in 86 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 33. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Toledo, OH is 1 in 24.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Toledo 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 Toledo has increased by 8% and the rate of property crime in Toledo has increased by 10%. The total crime rate in Toledo has increased by 9% year to year.

        Toledo police department

        Item Toledo Ohio National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)67417,044558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.42.73.3
        There are a total of 674 Toledo police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 12.7% less than the Ohio average and 27.5% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Ohio

        State Total offenders Ohio /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 17,872 sex offenders in Ohio. This yields a total of 156 sex offenders in Ohio per 100,000 residents which is 41% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Woodville, OH2,027101201302
        Whitehouse, OH4,62440298337
        Curtice, OH1,25175452527
        Perrysburg, OH21,56616616632
        Waterville, OH5,519133515648
        Haskins, OH1,11194568661
        Millbury, OH1,319103622725
        Toledo, OH275,1161,1633,0814,244

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Durham, NC276,3416873,3174,004
        Irvine, CA272,694751,4791,554
        Chula Vista, CA268,7793511,2771,628
        Fort Wayne, IN268,3782622,3872,649
        Newark, NJ281,9175201,8202,340
        Toledo, OH275,1161,1633,0814,244
        Source: The Toledo, OH 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.