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Total crime 30%
Violent crime 32%
Property crime 29%
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.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWaterloo/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,268n/a (estimate)3,3421,9422,580
Murder5n/a7.41.75.0
Rape34n/a50.130.942.6
Robbery53n/a78.129.586.2
Assault249n/a367.0187.9246.8
Violent crime341n/a (estimate)503250381
Burglary532n/a784.0352.6376.0
Theft1,253n/a1,846.61,190.41,594.6
Vehicle theft142n/a209.3148.5228.9
Property crime1,927n/a (estimate)2,8401,6922,200

Key findings

  • Waterloo crime rates are 30% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Waterloo are 32% higher than the national average
  • In Waterloo you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Waterloo is safer than 17% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Waterloo has not changed

Waterloo crime map

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The Waterloo crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Waterloo as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Waterloo crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Waterloo (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Waterloo, per 100,000 residents. In Waterloo, the total number of daily crimes is 1.72 times more than the Iowa average and 1.30 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Waterloo are 2.01 times more than the Iowa average and 1.32 times more than the national average. For property crime, Waterloo has a daily crime rate that is 1.68 times more than the Iowa average and 1.29 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Waterloo (higher is better)

      Is Waterloo safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Iowa as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Waterloo to other cities in the state and across the country, Waterloo is 18% safer than other cities of Iowa and 17% safer than other cities in the nation. Waterloo has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Waterloo

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Waterloo is 1 in 199
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Waterloo is 1 in 36
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Waterloo is 1 in 30
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Waterloo, Iowa? If you reside in Waterloo, then there is a 1 in 199 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 36. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 30 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Waterloo.

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

      Determining whether Waterloo is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Waterloo violent crime rates have not changed. At the same time, property crime has not changed year over year. Total crimes for Waterloo has not changed in the same time frame.

      Waterloo police department

      ItemWaterlooIowaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1343,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.91.83.3
      There are a total of 134 Waterloo police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 7.9% greater than the Iowa average and 40.2% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Iowa

      StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
      Iowa6,040205266
      There are a total of 6,040 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 205 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Dike, IA1,30953359413
      Hudson, IA2,41469469538
      Denver, IA1,81478527605
      Reinbeck, IA1,76583559642
      Jesup, IA2,80988592680
      Elk Run Heights, IA1,00689602691
      La Porte City, IA2,403110747858
      Waterloo, IA68,3575032,8403,342

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      St. Charles, MO68,3412072,2702,477
      Jacksonville, NC68,4042902,4582,748
      Frederick, MD68,2293942,0612,455
      Mount Vernon, NY68,2175101,4151,925
      Pasco, WA68,5672231,7812,003
      Waterloo, IA68,3575032,8403,342
      Source: The Waterloo, IA 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.