The number of reported crimes against people, per 1,000 residents. Murder, kidnapping/abduction, forcible and statutory rape, aggravated and sexual assault, and intimidation/stalking are included in this measure.
Crime detracts from the quality of life of those who directly experience and witness it, but it also impacts the lives of others within the community, as well as housing stability, and a community's attractiveness as a place to live, work, and do business.
The rate of reported crimes against people in Essex County was 7.9 per 1,000 residents in 2017, lower than the statewide rate of 9.3, and a slight reduction in rate for both since 2016. Essex County's rate has fallen since 2013, when it was 9.3.
The cities of Haverhill (19), Lynn and Salem (each at 16) had the highest crime rates in the county, while a number of towns had very low rates.
Essex County had a higher crime rate than Middlesex, MA in 2017, but remained below the statewide rate. The rate in Middlesex was 6.4 per 1,000 residents in 2017, a slight decrease since 2016. Comparable data for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY was not available.
The City of Lawrence does not report comparable data. Crime reports are never complete because some crimes, such as rape and assault, are believed to be underreported. Comparable national data and rates for comparison counties were not available. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in July.