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Everything You Need to Know About Alabama Crime Rates

Apr 18, 2023|

Alabama is a sunny, southeastern state that borders the Gulf of Mexico and provides the people who live there with delicious restaurants, fun outdoor destinations, and memorable museums. Like any state, however, Alabama has its fair share of property and violent crimes. Larceny and vehicle theft are two examples of the more prevalent crimes in the state.

The violent crime rate in Alabama is 5.96 for every 1,000 residents. The property crime rate is around 25.85. Both types of crime have higher rates than the national average. However, every city differs. Certain destinations have some of the lowest crime rates in the country. Regardless of which Alabama city you live in, there are things you can do to strengthen your home's safety and security.

Skyline of Birmingham, Alabama from above Interstate 65
 

Crime in Huntsville

With a population of over 215,000, Huntsville is among the largest cities in Alabama. It's also a relatively affluent destination where the main industries are healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.

Even though Huntsville is a popular city for people searching for homes in Alabama, the Huntsville crime rates are relatively high at 9.71 and 39.47 for violent and property crimes, respectively. Because of how large this city is, some areas are safer than others. The safest neighborhoods in Huntsville include Magnolia Park, Lake Pointe, Hobbs Island, and Redstone Arsenal.

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Crime in Montgomery

As the capital city of Alabama, Montgomery is a popular place to live in for families and couples alike. Two of the more well-known areas in the city include The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Although Montgomery is one of the largest cities in Alabama, crime rates are only somewhat higher than the state average. The Montgomery, Alabama crime rates are 6.18 and 36.23 for violent and property crimes, respectively. Keep in mind that the safest neighborhoods in Montgomery include Gunter Annex, Pinedale, and Mount Meigs.

Crime in Mobile

Mobile is a large port city along the Gulf Coast. Residents enjoy rich culture, thrilling attractions, and fun outdoor activities. The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is an extremely popular destination among tourists and residents alike. It's a highly diverse city with a focus on nautical activities.

Mobile, however, has some of the highest crime rates in Alabama. The crime rates in Mobile, Alabama are 27.94 and 113.12 for violent and property crimes, respectively. However, there are some safe places to call home, which include the Pierce Creek, Alderbrook, and Cottage Park neighborhoods.

A southern mansion in Mobile, Alabama
 

Crime in Foley

Foley is a smaller city that plays host to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. The city also boasts a state park, an amusement park, and a vast business district. Foley is a much safer city to live in than some of the others on this list. The Foley, Alabama crime rates are 1.50 for violent crimes and 15.91 for property crimes, which are well below state averages. A couple of the safest areas in Foley include Yupon and Foley Southeast.

Crime in Selma

Selma is a historical city that was a primary location of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. This city is home to 13 neighborhoods and a population of more than 17,000 residents. The Selma, Alabama crime rates are 19.23 for violent crimes and 62.35 for property crimes. A few of the safer areas in Selma include Potter, Tyler, and Sardis.

Aerial view of Selma, Alabama
 

Vehicle theft in Alabama

In the U.S., someone steals a vehicle every 36 seconds. In 2020 alone, more than 880,000 thefts took place throughout the country. When looking specifically at Alabama, the number of vehicle thefts and crimes fell by around 7.5% between 2019-2020. In fact, Alabama is one of just three southeastern states where vehicle theft rates dropped in 2020.

No matter where you live in Alabama, it's possible for a criminal to steal your vehicle. Whether you leave the door unlocked or a criminal uses a tool to break in, there are numerous ways that people get into vehicles they don't own. If you're looking to protect your car and make sure that it's not stolen, the best solution is Vivint's Car Guard.

Car Guard protects your vehicle, provides you with disturbance alerts, diagnoses issues, and tracks your location. All of these features are available through your phone. If you're in a grocery store and someone attempts to break into your vehicle, you'll receive an alert immediately.

Car Guard also syncs with the Outdoor Camera Pro for vehicle protection that is unmatched. If someone tries to break into your car in your driveway, the Outdoor Camera Pro will start recording, flash a bright light, and sound a loud whistle to ward the would-be thief away.

Person installing Vivint Car Guard in car
 

Benefits of a home and vehicle security system in Alabama

Whether you're moving to Alabama or you currently call it home, a home security system can help protect the things that matter most. Installing a home and vehicle security system will help deter crime, avoid theft, and increase your peace of mind.

  • Increases safety: Installing a security system gives you all the information you need to know your home is safe and secure. Enhance your security system with smart lights, smart locks, and doorbell cameras. And with the help of a home automation hub, you'll control them from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Reduces the possibility of theft: Installing sensors and cameras in your home and vehicle gives you the ability to keep criminals out of your most valuable possessions. Your fully integrated security system will be customized for your home. We’ll protect every door, window, and blind spot and make sure you and our monitoring team receive alerts if a thief is on the premises.
  • Saves money: A more efficient home saves you money on monthly energy bills and helps you protect the environment. Your home automation system delivers efficiency through such devices as a smart thermostat and smart lights. A smart thermostat turns off your HVAC system when heating and cooling are unnecessary. It also delivers hot and cold air more efficiently.
  • Boosts convenience: A clear benefit of using a home automation system is that your life is much easier. If you forget to lock your doors or turn off your lights, your phone app allows you to fix this mistake in a second. Even if you're already at work, close proximity to the home automation hub isn't necessary to control your smart appliances. Some systems provide you with voice-activation features that add even more convenience to your everyday life.
  • Gives you more control: Most of the devices and appliances that you control with a home security and automation system offer many more settings than traditional devices. For instance, a smart lighting system gives you more granular control over when your lights turn on and off. When using your home security app, you're able to start the oven before you arrive home from work.

Keep your vehicle and home safe and secure with Vivint

When living in Alabama, the right home security and automation products give you the ability to protect your family and the possessions that mean the most to you. These systems provide 24/7 protection so that you no longer need to worry about someone stealing your car or breaking into your home when you're not around. Call us at 855.822.1220 to learn more about our security systems and the benefits of installing them in your home and car.

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