Reported Annual Crime In Wilkes-Barre

In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWilkes-Barre/100k peoplePennsylvania/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,175n/a (estimate)2,8861,7962,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWilkes-Barre/100k peoplePennsylvania/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder4n/a9.86.15.0
Rape30n/a73.735.042.6
Robbery85n/a208.876.986.2
Assault91n/a223.5188.0246.8
Violent crime210n/a (estimate)516306381
Burglary204n/a501.1211.6376.0
Theft707n/a1,736.71,175.91,594.6
Vehicle theft54n/a132.6102.4228.9
Property crime965n/a (estimate)2,3701,4902,200

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The table above offers a complete overview of all reported annual crimes in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The total number of reported crimes in Wilkes-Barre, PA is shown and for comparison purposes, each crime is also displayed based on the number of crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes are also broken down into two categories; violent crimes and property crimes. The table shows that the overall Wilkes-Barre, PA crime rate is 61% higher than the Pennsylvania average and is 12% higher than the national average. Looking at violent crime specifically, Wilkes-Barre, PA has a violent crime rate that is 69% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 36% higher than the national average. For property crime, Wilkes-Barre, PA is 59% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 8% higher than the national average.
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Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Wilkes-Barre is 12% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 7.91 daily crimes that occur in Wilkes-Barre.
  • Wilkes-Barre is safer than 14% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Wilkes-Barre you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Wilkes-Barre has decreased by 12%.

Compare Wilkes-Barre, PA Crime To Other Cities

Daily Crime In Wilkes-Barre (per 100,000 people)

The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily criminal activity in Wilkes-Barre, PA for every 100,000 residents. To compare, daily crime statistics are also disclosed for Pennsylvania as well as those across America as a whole. The Wilkes-Barre, PA total amount of daily offenses is 1.61 times more than the Pennsylvania average and 1.12 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Wilkes-Barre, PA is 1.69 times more than the Pennsylvania average, and it is 1.36 times more than the national mean. The statistics for property crimes show that Wilkes-Barre, PA has a daily crime figure that is 1.59 times more than the Pennsylvania average and 1.08 times more than the daily national rate.

How Safe is Wilkes-Barre (higher is better)

How safe is Wilkes-Barre, PA compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Wilkes-Barre, PA is safer than 9% of the cities in Pennsylvania and 14% of the cities in the United States. These results are determined by analyzing all cities in Pennsylvania and across the US as a whole and determining how many total cities have a lower crime rate than Wilkes-Barre, PA. Overall, Wilkes-Barre, PA is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Wilkes-Barre

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Wilkes-Barre is 1 in 194
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Wilkes-Barre is 1 in 43
The chance of being a victim of crime in Wilkes-Barre is 1 in 35
Are you interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Wilkes-Barre, PA? Just look at the above illustrations to see what your chances are of becoming a victim of any crime, such as property crime or violent crime, in this city. In Wilkes-Barre, PA, you have a 1 in 194 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 43. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Wilkes-Barre, PA is 1 in 35.

Year Over Year Crime In Wilkes-Barre (per 100,000 people)

A good indicator of whether Wilkes-Barre, PA is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate. In the graph above, the year over year crime rates are displayed for violent, property and total crimes per 100,000 people. The number of violent crimes in Wilkes-Barre, PA has increased by 2%, while the property crime rate in Wilkes-Barre, PA has decreased by 15% year over year. The number of total crimes in Wilkes-Barre, PA has decreased by 12% year over year.

Wilkes-Barre police department

ItemWilkes-BarrePennsylvaniaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)8514,701558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.01.83.3
There are a total of 85 Wilkes-Barre police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 12.1% greater than the Pennsylvania average and 37.1% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in Pennsylvania

StateTotal offendersPennsylvania /100KNational /100K
Pennsylvania17,973146222
There are a total of 17,973 sex offenders in Pennsylvania. This yields a total of 146 sex offenders in Pennsylvania per 100,000 residents which is 34% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Swoyersville, PA5,00061283344
West Wyoming, PA2,699112262374
Courtdale, PA7050416416
Beech Mountain Lakes, PA1,63571348419
Laflin, PA1,55975363437
Hilldale, PA1,63585414500
Shavertown, PA2,280121591713
Wilkes-Barre, PA40,9645162,3702,886

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Wilkes-Barre, PA40,9645162,3702,886
Source: The Wilkes-Barre, PA 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.
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