Violent Crime Rate

What is the indicator?

The violent crime rate indicator includes both the total number of violent crime incidents per year in Champaign County, and the number of violent crime incidents per 100,000 people per year in Champaign County. “Violent crimes” are those counted in the following categories in the Illinois State Police’s annual Crime in Illinois report: Criminal Homicide, Criminal Sexual Assault, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and Aggravated Battery.

 

What does the data say? Are there any notable trends?

 

Violent Crime

 Champaign County  
PopulationTotal Violent Crime OffensesRate per 100,000
1996167,3921,629973.16
1997167,3921,561932.54
1998167,7881,429851.67
1999167,7881,320786.71
2000179,6691,278711.31
2001179,6691,393775.31
2002181,3881,337737.10
2003183,1591,314717.41
2004186,8001,466784.80
2005184,3691,444783.21
2006184,9051,308707.39
2007185,6821,492803.52
2008190,2601,464769.47
2009193,6361,308675.49
2010201,0811,262627.61
2011201,6851,210599.94
2012203,2761,157569.18
2013204,8971,064519.28
2014207,133981473.61
2015207,133918443.19

 

Both the total number of offenses in Champaign County and the rate per 100,000 have dropped significantly between the start of the measured time period, 1996, and the most recently released year, 2015.

 

Why is this important?/Why did we include it in our set of indicators?

The incidence of violent crime is an integral part of understanding the safety of a given community.

 

Where did we get the data, and how often is it released?

This data is sourced from the Illinois State Police’s annually released Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report.

 

Sources: Illinois State Police. (2015). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2015. Illinois State Police. (2014). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2014.; Illinois State Police. (2012). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2012.; Illinois State Police. (2011). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2010-2011.; Illinois State Police. (2009). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2009.; Illinois State Police. (2007). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2007.; Illinois State Police. (2005). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2005.; Illinois State Police. (2003). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2003.; Illinois State Police. (2001). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 2001.; Illinois State Police. (1999). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 1999.; Illinois State Police. (1997). Crime in Illinois: Annual Uniform Crime Report 1997.