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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 peopleWinchester/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime70n/a (estimate)3111,3922,324
Violent crime9n/a (estimate)40322370
Vehicle theft2n/a8.999.7282.7
Property crime61n/a (estimate)2711,0701,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Winchester, MA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Winchester is 86.6% 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 Winchester, there were 9 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 40 per 100,000 individuals, 89.2% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 61 property crimes, amounting to 271 per 100,000 residents, 86.1% lower than the U.S. average.

Winchester has a crime rate of 311, which is considerably less than the national average of 2324. This results in Winchester being one of the safest places to live across the United States. The crime rate is based on the total number of violent and property crimes per 100,000 people.

With only 40 incidents per 100,000 people, Winchester boasts an exceptionally low rate of violent crimes, positioning it as one of the safest cities in the United States. Given these low violent crime rates, Winchester has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Winchester experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

In 1991, property crime rates in the United States soared to over 5,140 crimes per 100,000 people. In the years since, the U.S. property crime rate has continued to decline with the most recent year reporting only 1954 property crimes. In Winchester, the property crime rate was even less than the national average with a rate of 271, cementing it as one of the safest places to live with regards to property crime.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Winchester?

AreaVibes surveyed 7 local residents in Winchester to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 86% of people answered that there was very little crime in Winchester and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 14% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Winchester a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Winchester a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Winchester crime rate is 87% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.19 crimes per day - 0.02 violent crimes and 0.17 property crimes.

Has Crime in Winchester Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Winchester has decreased by 21.4%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Winchester, 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 increased by 28.6%, while property crime has decreased by 25.6%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Winchester is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Winchester

In Winchester, the poverty rate currently stands at 2.8%, which contrasts with the national average of 15.1%. It's essential to recognize that the economic status of a city's inhabitants could be a pivotal factor influencing crime stats. Communities grappling with high poverty rates and income inequality are often susceptible to elevated crime levels, as some individuals may turn to unlawful activities to fulfill their essential needs. While lower poverty rates could lead to a reduction in Winchester crime rates.

In Winchester, 96.8% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

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 Winchester stands at $968,000, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Winchester crime map

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

      • Winchester crime rates are 87% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Winchester are 89% lower than the national average
      • In Winchester you have a 1 in 322 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Winchester is safer than 92% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Winchester has decreased by 20%

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        Daily Crime In Winchester (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Winchester, per 100,000 residents. In Winchester, the total number of daily crimes is 4.47 times less than the Massachusetts average and 7.47 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Winchester are 8.05 times less than the Massachusetts average and 9.24 times less than the national average. For property crime, Winchester has a daily crime rate that is 3.95 times less than the Massachusetts average and 7.21 times less than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Winchester (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Winchester to every other city in Massachusetts, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Winchester safe? The gauges above illustrate that Winchester is safer than 93% of every city located within Massachusetts along with 92% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Massachusetts and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Winchester, MA is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Winchester

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Winchester is 1 in 2500
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Winchester is 1 in 369
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Winchester is 1 in 322
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Winchester? In Winchester, MA you have a 1 in 2500 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 369 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 322 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Winchester.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Winchester, MA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Winchester has increased by 33%, while the property crime rate in Winchester has decreased by 24% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Winchester has decreased by 20% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Winchester police department

        Item Winchester Massachusetts National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)4611,659558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.12.23.3
        There are a total of 46 Winchester police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 2% less than the Massachusetts average and 35.1% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Massachusetts

        State Total offenders Massachusetts /100K National /100K
        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

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Boxford, MA2,925124961
        Dover, MA2,51885119203
        Nahant, MA3,51230211241
        Lexington, MA33,30444286330
        Topsfield, MA3,04661365425
        Wellesley, MA28,74761376437
        Cochituate, MA6,730105348453
        Winchester, MA22,76040271311

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Kihei, HI22,7492872,6852,972
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        Hastings, MN22,7961701,3231,493
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        Winchester, MA22,76040271311
        Source: The Winchester, MA 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.