What does this measure?
The number of property crimes, per 1,000 residents. These crimes include arson, burglary, theft, fraud, embezzlement, and destruction/vandalism.
Why is this important?
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.
How is our county doing?
The rate of reported property crimes in Essex County in 2021 was 15.4 per 1,000 residents, below the state rate of 19.6. Essex County and the state have each reduced their rates from the previous year. There has been an overall reduction in Essex County's rate since 2013, when it peaked at 26.6.
The highest property crime rates were in Salem (32.6), Salisbury (22.9) and Danvers (20). All three reflected a reduction in rates from the previous year.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Middlesex (15.8 per 1,000 residents) and Essex County had similar rates in 2021. Comparable data for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY was not available.
Notes about the data
The City of Lawrence did not report data prior to 2020. Property crime includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Comparable national data and rates for comparison counties were not available. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in July.