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What Is the Crime Rate in Arizona?

Jun 23, 2023|

Arizona gets high marks for its warm weather, natural wonders, and affordable housing. However, some parts of the Grand Canyon State are safer than others. As of 2021, Arizona has 29.36 reported crimes per 1,000 residents, a rate that is much higher than the U.S. average. The state ranks as the 10th most dangerous in the country.

How bad is crime in Arizona, and what does it mean for Arizona residents? It really depends on which neighborhood you live in. Explore this guide to learn more about crime rates in Arizona and its most popular cities.

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Overview of the crime rate in Arizona

In 2022, Arizona residents reported 234,162 crimes throughout the year. Of course, the state has a large population—over 7.4 million—so this naturally leads to more crime reports.

However, even when you account for the larger-than-average number of residents, Arizona crime rates are still high. With crime rates significantly higher than national crime rates, people living in Arizona are more likely to encounter crime than residents of most other states.

Highest and lowest crime rates in Arizona

Although Arizona has a fairly high crime rate, not every part of the state has the same level of risk. Certain cities tend to have more crime than others, so the place you live has a big impact on your overall safety.

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Where is the lowest crime rate in Arizona?

The place with the lowest crime rate in Arizona is Florence. Part of the extended Phoenix metro area, this city only has 3 crimes per 1,000 residents overall. Florence has 87% less crime than the rest of the state, and you only have a 1 in 1,071 chance of being a victim. Other cities with unusually low crime rates include:

  • Somerton
  • Prescott Valley
  • Sahuarita
  • San Luis
  • Gilbert

What city in Arizona has the highest crime rate?

Arizona's most dangerous city is Tolleson, which sits 17 miles west of Pheonix. Though this city only has around 7,000 residents, its crime rate is 133 per 1,000 residents. You have a 1 in 8 chance of being a crime victim if you live in Tolleson. The other cities in Arizona's top 5 most dangerous cities are Globe, Holbrook, Winslow, and Page.

Though the places with the highest crime rates in Arizona are technically low-population areas, Arizona's big cities also have higher-than-average amounts of crime. What is the crime rate in Phoenix, Arizona? The crime rate in Phoenix, Arizona is 43 per 1,000 residents. The crime rate in Tucson, Arizona, is similarly high at 47 crimes per 1,000 residents.

Car theft and other crimes in Arizona

Crime in Arizona comes in all shapes and sizes. To get a better idea of what crime in Arizona is like, it's helpful to look at the rates for different types of crime.

The Mini Stack interchange in Phoenix Arizona

Property crime

The most common type of crime in Arizona is nonviolent property crime. If you live in Arizona, there is a chance that you might experience a crime like someone breaking your things or vandalizing your yard. Arizona has 24 property crimes per 1,000 residents. If you live in Arizona, your chance of experiencing a property crime is 1 in 41.

Burglaries and Larceny

In Arizona, larceny tops the list of property crimes, with burglaries a distant second. In 2021, there were more than 120,000 instances of larceny reported and nearly 20,500 reported burglary cases. The larceny rate is 18.48 per 1,000 residents and the burglary rate is 3.22 per 1,000 residents. These rates are slightly above the national average.

Benefits of home security and automation in Arizona

Since crime occurs in every part of Arizona, it's important to be prepared. By installing a home security and automation system, you get all these benefits.

  • Monitor your home with ease: Vivint's security cameras make it easy to be aware of what is happening in your home. Even when you're away, you can check the Vivint app to discover the source of a security alert. Our smart cameras even use blinking lights and sound cues to deter potential intruders.
  • Enjoy convenient smart products: Home automation lets you manage thermostats, light bulbs, electronics, and more from one convenient hub. The Vivint app lets you connect multiple automation products and manage them from a central location.
  • Deter criminals: When Vivint's cameras or security sensors detect an intrusion, they can sound an alarm to frighten criminals. This can help stop crimes before it has a chance to happen.
  • Prevent home damage: We also help protect your home from fires, floods, and other disasters. Our safety alarms will warn you whenever they detect carbon monoxide, smoke, and more.
  • Get help from the experts: Our home monitoring team is here to assist you 24/7. Even when you're busy or away from home, we can check in for you. We'll respond to security alerts and address potential problems.
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Protect yourself and your belongings with Vivint

Since Arizona's crime rates tend to be higher than normal, it's a good idea to take steps to protect yourself. With Vivint, managing your home security is easy. We provide professional installation, so you get great results with minimum effort. Once your security system is in place, we help you with monitoring and let you know about potential problems.

In addition to giving you peace of mind and extra security, Vivint makes your life easier. Our smart security systems sync with a lot of other useful smart home products. We can assist you with automating everything from your home temperature to your doorbell. To get started on your customized home system, contact Vivint at 855.822.1220 today.

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