Arizona Crime Statistics 2019

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In terms of crime statistics, Arizona is quite well-positioned compared to other states. Arizona violent crime is decreasing statewide, but there are “hotspots” where crime rate figures are higher compared to those from previous years.

National averages show:

  • Arizona places 22nd in safest states for property crimes (1st is the lowest number of property crimes). Property crime is at 26.83 per 1000 versus the national average of 40.43 per 1000.
  • Violent crimes in Arizona are below the national average of 3.47 per 1000. With a ratio of 0.86, Arizona’s violent crime rating is only at 2.97 per 1000.

Violent Crimes vs Property Crimes

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

  • Violent crime is one of four offences: aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and non-negligent manslaughter. These are the offences that involve force or threat.
  • Non-violent crimes include offences such as arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and burglary. The intent of theft-type offences is the taking of property of money. There is no threat or force used against victims.

Safest Cities in Arizona

The top 10 safest cities in Arizona in terms of crime rate are:

  • Florence
  • Oro Valley
  • Paradise Valley
  • Somerton
  • Sahuarita
  • Maricopa
  • Cottonwood
  • Scottsdale
  • Nogales
  • Buckeye

Paradise Valley registered only 6 incidences of violent crime in 2019, the lowest in the list, but registered 222 cases of property crime for the same year. Florence registered the lowest for property crime with only 123 cases. Scottsdale got the highest number of violent crimes in this list at 396 and also the highest for property crime at 5,470 cases.

Worst Places to Be in Arizona in Terms of Crime Rates

Here are top ten in the list of Arizona’s worst places to live (ranking takes into account property crime rates and unemployment rates):

  • South Tucson
  • Guadalupe
  • Eloy
  • Winslow
  • Snowflake
  • San Luis
  • Globe
  • Coolidge
  • Tolleson
  • Chino Valley

This listing ranks South Tucson to be the worst place to be in Arizona, with a 1 in 19.9 chance of being robbed or having something you own vandalized.

Residents in Guadalupe, the city being the 4th highest in the state in terms of crime, have a 1 in 26 chance of being robbed in 2019. For every 300 persons living in Guadalupe, statistically, about 25 of them would have been victimized by a property crime offender in 2019.

Eloy is the 39th worst place to live in the state of Arizona, as there is a 1 in  51.5 chance of you being victim of a property crime if you live there.

Next in the list is Winslow, with 1 in 23.2 possibility of having been robbed, placing Winslow as the 13th most dangerous in the state in terms of property crimes.

Completing the list are Snowflake (1 in every 30 chance of being victimized), San Luis (1 in 70), Globe (1 in 11), Coolidge (1 in 28.9), Tolleson (1 in 10.7), and Chino Valley (1 in30).

Top Ten Murder Capitals in Arizona

Arizona top ten murder list are as follows:

  • Tucson
  • Phoenix
  • Yuma
  • Tolleson
  • Globe
  • Surprise
  • Avondale
  • Glendale
  • Mesa
  • Somerton

The city with the highest murder rate is Tucson at 41 murders for every 100,000 residents, while the city with the highest number of murders in 2019 is Phoenix.

Statewide Arizona Violent Crime Rate Is Down

The number of violent crimes went down two years in a row throughout Arizona, but car thefts and rapes increased.

Significant reduction was recorded for both robberies and murders. Similarly, burglaries in 2019 also decreased compared to two previous years. Rape cases, on the contrary, were recorded to have increased by about half a per cent.

In Tucson, violent crimes dropped by over 7% in 2018. Homicides in the city slightly inched up with 47 murders. In 2017, the city reported 46 incidences of violent crimes.

In 2016 and 2017, violent crimes increased significantly in Phoenix. However, in 2018, the city saw less violent crime, experiencing a 5% drop. The murder rate dropped by 13%. Rape, aggravated assault, and robbery also decreased. Phoenix’s most violent year in recent memory was 2016. You can find additional crime rate information and details on

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