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Crime Rates in Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County may not be as safe as you think. Every year since 2011, the crime rate has been slowly increasing. Even the head of police has requested an increase in staff it keep up with the crime rate.

“Part 1” crimes, serious offenses such as murder, rape, robbery and stealing a car, have seen the most increase. “Part 2” crimes have also increased (like public intoxication and fraud), but not as drastically as “Part 1.” Of course there are more instances downtown then there are in the surrounding suburbs, but there is crime all down the Wasatch Front. Read on for more crime statistics.

Salt Lake City has a crime rate of 97 per 1,000 residents, or almost 1%. It has a higher crime rate than many cities in the US. Property crime is at the top of the list. That includes burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Your chances of experiencing property theft is 1 in 11. On the other hand, your chances of experiencing violent crime is 1 in 130, and the chance of getting your car stolen is 1 in 106 (which is very high against the nationwide average).

The next most dangerous city in the Salt Lake area is West Valley. Crime is 11% higher here than in a lot of the nation. However, the crime rate is smaller than that of Salt Lake City, at 27 crimes per 1,000 residents. You have a 1 in 34 chance of being a victim of crime in West Valley City. However, when you compare West Valley City to other cities across the nation that are of a similar size, their crime rates are about the same. Even so, West Valley is not a safe place to live. The crime rate for violent crimes is 3 in 1,000 households, or a 1 in 351 chance. Again, the chance of becoming a victim of property crime is remarkably high at 1 in 38. The chance of getting your car stolen is 1 in 281.

Other unsafe cities in Utah include: Ogden, Brigham City, Tooele, Cedar City, Washington City, and West Jordan.

It is important to keep your home and family safe. Take extra security precautions and make sure that you lock your home when you leave and you pay attention so that you don’t make yourself a walking target. Your safety should always be your top priority, especially if you live in one of the above mentioned cities. It wouldn’t hurt to install security cameras at your home as an added precaution. If you see any suspicious activity, report it to the police immediately. Utah as a whole is a pretty safe state, but that doesn’t mean that you should be lazy with your security.