West Salem's crime rate
There were 43 crimes reported in West Salem, Wisconsin in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 845 incidents for every 100,000 people.
How does West Salem compare?
West Salem has a lower 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.
West Salem's overall crime rate is 52% lower than the overall crime rate in Wisconsin. Statewide, there were 102,742 crimes reported in 2019, or 1,765 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 West Salem, however, property crimes account for about 88% of all offenses.
Despite accounting for a higher than average share of total offenses, property crime is much less prevalent in West Salem than it is nationwide. There were 38 property crimes in West Salem in 2019, or 747 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 West Salem. There were 31 larcenies reported in West Salem in 2019, or 609 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.
There were 3 break-ins reported in West Salem in 2019, or 59 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 West Salem, meanwhile, there were 4 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 79 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 West Salem, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 12% share of all reported crime.
At 98 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in West Salem is well below the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in West Salem reported a total of 5 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 West Salem. There were 5 aggravated assaults reported in West Salem in 2019, or 98 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far higher, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.
Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America, but there were no robberies reported in West Salem in 2019. The national robbery rate was 86 per 100,000 in 2019.
There were 139,815 reported rapes nationwide in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people. In West Salem in 2019, none were reported.
While there were 16,425 murders nationwide in 2019, none were reported in West Salem.
West Salem compared to other cities in Wisconsin
West Salem has a lower crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Wisconsin. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.
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