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134%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
140%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
132%
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 peopleWaycross/100k peopleGeorgia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime740n/a (estimate)5,4292,0582,324
Murder6n/a44.08.26.3
Rape11n/a80.736.440.0
Robbery23n/a168.743.666.1
Assault81n/a594.3278.8268.2
Violent crime121n/a (estimate)888367370
Burglary85n/a623.6217.8269.8
Theft494n/a3,624.41,266.51,401.9
Vehicle theft40n/a293.5206.5282.7
Property crime619n/a (estimate)4,5411,6911,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Waycross, GA

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 Waycross is 133.6% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 121 violent crimes reported in Waycross, equivalent to 888 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 140.1%. Additionally, Waycross recorded 619 property crimes, amounting to 4541 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 132.4%.

In Waycross, the crime rate stands at 5429 per 100,000 residents, surpassing the national average by 133.59%. This places the city among those with some of the highest total crime rates nationwide. However, it's important to recognize that this doesn't imply that the entire city is unsafe. As with any urban area, there are neighborhoods in Waycross that exhibit varying levels of safety, emphasizing the need for localized crime prevention efforts and community involvement to create a safe environment across the entire city.

With a violent crime rate of 888 crimes per 100,000 residents, Waycross is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, Waycross ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 113 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

Although the murder rates in America have decreased steadily since 1990, over the last few years there has been an uptick. Waycross has one of the highest murder rates in the country when compared to all other cities that reported crime in the U.S. There were a total of 6 murders in Waycross, which is 44 murders per 100,000 people.

Waycross has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 4541 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 Waycross is 1 in 23, which is far higher than the national average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Waycross?

What do the local residents think about crime in Waycross? Well, based on a recent survey of 21 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 43% of Waycross residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 57% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Waycross a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Waycross is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Waycross has an overall crime rate that is 134% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 2.03 daily occurrences, comprising 0.33 violent crimes and 1.7 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Waycross as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Waycross Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Waycross has increased by 0.1%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Waycross, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 4.7%, while property crime has increased by 1.1%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Waycross is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Waycross

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Waycross, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 4.64 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Waycross stands at $71,700, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Waycross has an average rental rate of $658 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.

Waycross crime map



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

  • Waycross crime rates are 134% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Waycross are 140% higher than the national average
  • In Waycross you have a 1 in 19 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Waycross is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Waycross has decreased by 2%

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        Daily Crime In Waycross (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Waycross for every 100,000 residents. The Waycross total amount of daily crime is 2.64 times more than the Georgia average and 2.34 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Waycross, is 2.42 times more than the Georgia average, and it is 2.40 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Waycross has a daily crime average that is 2.69 times more than the Georgia average and 2.32 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Waycross (higher is better)

        Is Waycross safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Georgia as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Waycross to other cities in the state and across the country, Waycross is 5% safer than other cities of Georgia and 4% safer than other cities in the nation. Waycross has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Waycross

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Waycross is 1 in 113
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Waycross is 1 in 23
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Waycross is 1 in 19
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Waycross, Georgia? If you reside in Waycross, then there is a 1 in 113 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 23. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 19 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Waycross.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Waycross, GA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Waycross has decreased by 7%, while the property crime rate in Waycross has decreased by 1% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Waycross has decreased by 2% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Waycross police department

        Item Waycross Georgia National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)6911,364558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.64.03.3
        There are a total of 69 Waycross police officers. This results in 4.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 17.2% greater than the Georgia average and 42.7% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Georgia

        State Total offenders Georgia /100K National /100K
        Georgia23,117275266
        There are a total of 23,117 sex offenders in Georgia. This yields a total of 275 sex offenders in Georgia per 100,000 residents which is 3% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

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        Patterson, GA805000
        Hoboken, GA693000
        Deenwood, GA2,2631888641,052
        Offerman, GA8065102,3522,862
        Blackshear, GA3,4841122,8842,996
        Waycross, GA13,6388884,5415,429

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        Bensville, MD13,6583031,2441,547
        Kailua CDP (Hawaii County), HI13,6172942,7493,043
        Andover, KS13,6091331,2881,420
        Celina, TX13,60879885963
        Waycross, GA13,6388884,5415,429
        Source: The Waycross, GA 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.