The number of property crimes, per 1,000 residents. These crimes include arson, burglary, theft, fraud, embezzlement, and destruction/vandalism.
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 property crimes in Essex County in 2019 was 15 per 1,000 residents, just below the state rate of 17.9. The state and Essex County have each reduced their rates slightly from the previous year. There has been an overall reduction in Essex County's rate since 2008, when it peaked at 30.
The highest property crime rates were in the cities of Salem (32.2), Haverhill and Saugus (at 24.3 and 25.4 respectively). Of the 10 towns with the highest rates of crimes against property in 2019, 5 reflected a reduction in rate from the previous year.
Middlesex (15.8 per 1,000 residents) and Essex County had similar rates in 2019. Comparable data for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY was not available.
The City of Lawrence does not report comparable data. 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.