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Total crime 82%
Violent crime 91%
Property crime 80%
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWellesley/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime120n/a (estimate)4181,3622,346
Murder0n/a0.02.36.5
Rape6n/a20.926.938.4
Robbery0n/a0.043.773.9
Assault4n/a13.9235.9279.7
Violent crime10n/a (estimate)35309388
Burglary19n/a66.2149.7314.2
Theft85n/a296.3804.31,398.0
Vehicle theft6n/a20.999.2246.0
Property crime110n/a (estimate)3831,0531,958

Key findings

  • Wellesley crime rates are 82% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Wellesley are 91% lower than the national average
  • In Wellesley you have a 1 in 240 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Wellesley is safer than 91% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Wellesley has decreased by 2%

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The Wellesley crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Wellesley 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 Wellesley crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Wellesley (per 100,000 people)

      The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Wellesley for every 100,000 residents. The Wellesley total amount of daily crime is 3.26 times less than the Massachusetts average and 5.61 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Wellesley, is 8.86 times less than the Massachusetts average, and it is 11.12 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Wellesley has a daily crime average that is 2.75 times less than the Massachusetts average and 5.11 times less than the daily national rate.

      How Safe is Wellesley (higher is better)

      Is Wellesley safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Massachusetts as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Wellesley to other cities in the state and across the country, Wellesley is 92% safer than other cities of Massachusetts and 91% safer than other cities in the nation. Wellesley has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Wellesley

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Wellesley is 1 in 2869
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Wellesley is 1 in 261
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Wellesley is 1 in 240
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Wellesley, Massachusetts you have a 1 in 2869 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 261 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 240 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Wellesley.

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

      Determining whether Wellesley is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Wellesley violent crime rates have increased by 46%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 5% year over year. Total crimes for Wellesley has decreased by 2% in the same time frame.

      Wellesley police department

      ItemWellesleyMassachusettsNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)5111,659558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.82.23.3
      There are a total of 51 Wellesley police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 16.6% less than the Massachusetts average and 44.8% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Massachusetts

      StateTotal offendersMassachusetts /100KNational /100K
      Massachusetts4,55172266
      There are a total of 4,551 sex offenders in Massachusetts. This yields a total of 72 sex offenders in Massachusetts per 100,000 residents which is 73% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Hopkinton, MA2,79427154181
      Sharon, MA5,84142179221
      Medfield, MA6,57546215261
      Cordaville, MA2,84760205266
      Arlington, MA44,40859298358
      Lexington, MA32,93636344380
      Hopedale, MA3,81284321405
      Wellesley, MA28,90935383418

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      Lake in the Hills, IL28,90866364430
      Atwater, CA28,9065122,9933,505
      Schererville, IN28,8991879311,118
      Golden Gate, FL28,9285192,3922,911
      Rahway, NJ28,884143667809
      Wellesley, MA28,90935383418
      Source: The Wellesley, MA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.