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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 peopleWaukee/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime248n/a (estimate)8611,6182,324
Violent crime40n/a (estimate)139287370
Vehicle theft18n/a62.5147.4282.7
Property crime208n/a (estimate)7221,3321,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Waukee, IA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Waukee is 62.9% lower 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 Waukee, there were 40 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 139 per 100,000 individuals, 62.4% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 208 property crimes, amounting to 722 per 100,000 residents, 63% lower than the U.S. average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Waukee?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Waukee residents. Out of the respondents (21 in total), 100% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Waukee were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 0% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Waukee a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Waukee 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. Waukee has a total crime rate that is 63% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.68 daily crimes (0.11 violent daily crimes and 0.57 daily property crimes) in Waukee.

Has Crime in Waukee Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Waukee has increased by 18.7% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Waukee 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 increased by 60%, while property crime has increased by 13%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Waukee.

Potential Causes for Crime in Waukee

The economic prosperity of a city's inhabitants exerts substantial influence on crime stats. Elevated poverty rates and income inequality can precipitate heightened criminal activity, as individuals may turn to illicit means to fulfill their fundamental requirements. While lower poverty rates could lead to lower Waukee crime rates. In Waukee, the poverty rate stands at 3.3%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Waukee currently has an unemployment rate of 2.5%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

The effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing initiatives can influence crime rates. A strong and collaborative relationship between the police and the community can deter criminal activity and improve safety. In Waukee, there are 1.1 police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 3.25. The effectiveness of law enforcement often depends on community policing strategies that emphasize building trust and cooperation between the police and the community. It's not just about the number of officers but also how they engage with the community.

Waukee crime map

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

      • Waukee crime rates are 63% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Waukee are 62% lower than the national average
      • In Waukee you have a 1 in 117 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Waukee is safer than 70% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Waukee has increased by 15%

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        Daily Crime In Waukee (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Waukee on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Iowa and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Waukee (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Iowa, are 1.88 times less than the state average and 2.70 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Waukee on a daily basis are 2.06 times less than than Iowa average and 2.66 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Waukee are 1.84 times less than the daily state average and 2.71 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Waukee (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Waukee, Iowa compared to other areas of Iowa, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Waukee safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Waukee is safer than 83% of Iowa cities, and 70% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Iowa, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Waukee. At this time, Waukee sees a above average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Waukee

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Waukee is 1 in 720
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Waukee is 1 in 139
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Waukee is 1 in 117
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Waukee? If you reside in Waukee, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 720. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 139 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Waukee, is 1 in 117.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Waukee, IA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Waukee has increased by 54%, while the property crime rate in Waukee has increased by 9% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Waukee has increased by 15% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Waukee police department

        Item Waukee Iowa National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)163,827558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.11.83.3
        There are a total of 16 Waukee police officers. This results in 1.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 38.9% less than the Iowa average and 66.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Iowa

        State Total offenders Iowa /100K National /100K
        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 Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Norwalk, IA11,46756210266
        Polk City, IA4,79768287355
        Granger, IA1,89073340413
        Dallas Center, IA1,71092429521
        Van Meter, IA1,38696449546
        Saylorville, IA2,743102473575
        Earlham, IA1,382103480583
        Waukee, IA22,598139722861

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Cockeysville, MD22,6024261,7482,173
        Munster, IN22,60455859914
        Trussville, AL22,5901542,6052,760
        East Peoria, IL22,6152892,6712,960
        Junction City, KS22,6169942,8413,835
        Waukee, IA22,598139722861
        Source: The Waukee, IA 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.