Tempe's crime rate
There were 8,309 crimes reported in Tempe, Arizona in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 4,229 incidents for every 100,000 people.
How does Tempe compare?
Tempe has a higher overall crime rate than the vast majority of U.S. cities. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.
Tempe's overall crime rate is 46% higher than the overall crime rate in Arizona. Statewide, there were 210,779 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,896 for every 100,000 people.
What types of crimes are being committed?
The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.
The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Tempe, however, property crimes account for about 89% of all offenses.
Property crime is more prevalent in Tempe than it is nationwide. There were 7,420 property crimes in Tempe in 2019, or 3,776 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.
Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Tempe. There were 5,891 larcenies reported in Tempe in 2019, or 2,998 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.
There were 922 break-ins reported in Tempe in 2019, or 469 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.
Motor Vehicle Theft
Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Tempe, meanwhile, there were 607 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 309 for every 100,000 people.
Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Tempe, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 11% share of all reported crime.
At 452 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Tempe is above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Tempe reported a total of 889 violent crimes in 2019.
Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in Tempe. There were 531 aggravated assaults reported in Tempe in 2019, or 270 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.
Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 209 robberies reported in Tempe in 2019, a rate of 106 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.
There were 141 rapes reported in Tempe in 2019, or 72 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.
There were 8 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Tempe is 4.1 murders for every 100,000 people, lower than the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.
Tempe compared to other cities in Arizona
Tempe has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Arizona. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.
Here are all comparable cities ranked by total crime rate. Click any bar or city name to see more about crime in that city.
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