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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 peopleWaterford/100k peopleConnecticut/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime217n/a (estimate)1,1091,6442,324
Violent crime5n/a (estimate)26150370
Vehicle theft12n/a61.3195.8282.7
Property crime212n/a (estimate)1,0841,4941,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Waterford, CT

The Waterford crime rates are 52.3% 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 5 violent crimes in Waterford (26 per 100,000 people), which is 93.1% lower than the national average and there were a total of 212 property crimes (1084 per 100,000 residents) which is 44.6% lower than average.

Waterford stands out with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the United States. Reporting only 26 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Waterford secures its place among the safest cities in the nation, making it an enticing destination for those in search of a new home.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Waterford reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

Is Waterford a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Waterford 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. Waterford has a total crime rate that is 52% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.59 daily crimes (0.01 violent daily crimes and 0.58 daily property crimes) in Waterford.

Has Crime in Waterford Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Waterford has increased by 5.3% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Waterford 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 8.2%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Waterford.

Potential Causes for Crime in Waterford

In Waterford, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 2.71 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Waterford has a median home price of $201,700, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Waterford has an average rental rate of $1,306 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Waterford crime map

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

      • Waterford crime rates are 52% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Waterford are 93% lower than the national average
      • In Waterford you have a 1 in 91 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Waterford is safer than 82% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Waterford has increased by 1%

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        Daily Crime In Waterford (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Waterford

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Waterford is 1 in 3914
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Waterford is 1 in 93
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Waterford is 1 in 91

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

        Waterford police department

        Item Waterford Connecticut National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)535,593558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.72.63.3
        There are a total of 53 Waterford police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 4.3% greater than the Connecticut average and 16.5% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Connecticut

        State Total offenders Connecticut /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 6,088 sex offenders in Connecticut. This yields a total of 184 sex offenders in Connecticut per 100,000 residents which is 31% 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
        Groton Long Point, CT436000
        Essex Village, CT2,75724234258
        Noank, CT1,45429293323
        Old Saybrook Center, CT1,98433326359
        Saybrook Manor, CT1,04938380418
        Mystic, CT4,77651503554
        Watch Hill, RI19669519589
        Waterford, CT2,922261,0841,109

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        La Fayette, AL2,9221169691,086
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        Sunset, LA2,9232741,1991,474
        Hildale, UT2,9211521,1881,340
        Collins, MS2,9215382,6883,226
        Waterford, CT2,922261,0841,109
        Source: The Waterford, CT 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.