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Crimes Against Property


Crimes Against Property

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 2017 was 19 per 1,000 residents, just below the state rate of 21. 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 (40) and Lynn (30). Towns with high rates of crimes against property (over 20) included Danvers, Salisbury, Saugus, and Swampscott while Rockport, Groveland and Wenham each had the lowest rates of property crime (5 or below) in 2017.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Middlesex (18 per 1,000 residents) and Essex County had similar rates in 2017. Comparable data for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY was not available.

Notes about the data

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.

Crimes Against Property
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA13.016.019.720.620.622.223.529.630.029.228.427.326.126.623.722.121.119.0
Amesbury18.529.627.325.627.027.631.028.733.031.329.132.630.130.116.317.618.015.9
Beverly14.029.931.826.029.627.129.831.931.427.928.332.226.922.718.315.913.611.2
Gloucester29.342.139.138.639.434.732.234.630.931.826.719.719.516.214.414.714.9
Haverhill24.045.953.150.746.445.148.843.643.645.438.334.829.726.8
Lynn53.455.852.046.348.745.542.541.639.836.430.2
Methuen40.737.632.939.939.137.239.636.033.132.629.433.526.725.628.023.0
Newburyport19.314.710.925.519.820.618.222.724.324.520.222.015.518.319.821.723.3
Peabody39.543.251.247.244.441.242.141.346.647.244.545.939.235.829.818.724.621.2
Salem16.849.047.448.642.840.0
Andover21.921.121.119.918.421.620.418.420.520.716.914.014.312.912.414.712.314.3
Boxford24.920.312.612.613.85.42.211.210.57.68.56.58.07.65.05.55.28.2
Danvers47.653.361.054.952.146.953.150.749.348.353.046.842.341.035.937.634.228.2
Georgetown0.515.815.916.417.316.916.611.214.312.1
Groveland11.78.78.910.311.911.09.28.810.39.415.36.69.95.44.54.74.05.0
Hamilton14.918.414.118.412.515.812.911.911.915.112.513.114.611.38.610.3
Ipswich22.026.921.618.320.429.727.518.817.518.421.216.619.116.311.715.510.9
Lynnfield26.223.826.525.026.430.429.536.428.629.833.336.418.417.411.913.612.913.7
Manchester1.93.35.65.38.310.011.09.910.47.310.1
Marblehead21.122.518.420.215.316.630.424.823.925.620.419.721.315.319.417.414.314.0
Merrimac15.110.513.69.618.210.77.79.410.312.914.414.812.213.411.07.5
Middleton22.813.019.419.915.620.811.515.615.816.212.214.514.410.411.613.714.717.6
Nahant31.126.625.322.225.727.232.226.915.816.820.519.621.814.415.315.814.415.5
Newbury18.714.815.94.813.40.413.013.712.514.312.613.411.210.69.59.611.9
North Andover10.59.611.920.110.89.712.016.210.314.313.313.815.718.913.111.27.68.0
Rockport0.82.63.76.33.83.73.73.73.44.16.15.34.7
Rowley15.89.012.06.59.17.114.710.39.46.98.28.34.57.810.510.88.811.1
Salisbury69.263.257.452.536.243.045.639.438.240.939.435.547.638.732.628.133.327.5
Saugus68.074.968.376.280.968.165.065.674.775.381.464.054.543.443.339.637.632.6
Swampscott18.321.318.819.426.331.229.632.426.826.423.917.523.227.427.725.522.022.6
Topsfield4.26.66.75.77.113.711.56.87.29.77.24.51.42.67.5
Wenham0.616.115.110.810.216.315.713.79.111.112.711.48.82.54.13.13.9
West Newbury15.120.914.617.118.310.113.614.012.013.617.716.511.58.312.02.215.618.5
Middlesex County, MA7.48.49.512.414.517.018.723.128.326.426.725.225.123.921.620.619.018.1
Massachusetts17.419.421.224.625.225.827.829.631.531.031.129.829.227.725.223.422.220.6

Source: Massachusetts State Police
Notes: Rates are per 1,000 residents.




Number of Crimes Against Property
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA9,43511,72114,46614,08115,06016,22917,21421,70622,09521,67021,12720,50219,72920,30918,29217,18116,33414,717
Amesbury305492455446444453507473547522474535497505281306314277
Beverly5571,2001,2791,0371,1751,0761,1831,2591,2421,1041,1161,2901,085925753655558462
Gloucester8961,2911,1951,1701,1891,0449711,050944915775575573480429437444
Haverhill1,4442,7513,1903,0762,8362,7742,9732,6792,6932,8212,3902,1841,8651,680
Lynn4,6404,8604,5524,1804,4214,1493,8943,8313,6823,3682,795
Methuen1,8121,6741,4501,7471,7061,6261,7441,5991,5631,5531,4111,6271,3151,2701,3891,140
Newburyport332255190446344357315396427426354389276328356390418
Peabody1,9112,1162,5362,3282,2032,0822,1502,1192,3952,4392,2812,3672,0321,8661,5589811,2911,114
Salem7092,0882,0292,0841,8341,713
Andover703684686701598708678611687696560474487448435518435505
Boxford19816510310411344189186636852656241454368
Danvers1,1921,3441,5351,3961,3561,2151,4231,3651,3321,3151,4051,2571,1441,1189941,046953784
Georgetown413813013614514314196123104
Groveland715355657672626174709944673630322734
Hamilton1251541171511021291069892121101106119927084
Ipswich290357288242270393364250235243285225260223162214151
Lynnfield303277308289303345333412327358386427217216150174164175
Manchester1017292743525853563954
Marblehead431461377410308331601490475510404394428310397357293287
Merrimac956786611176950626583949882917551
Middleton18111217016613318110113914415011013213398112133143171
Nahant11397928193981159657617067755053555054
Newbury126101109329138894869585917773666783
North Andover278257322541291261328445284396376389447554387332226238
Rockport6202848292626262429443834
Rowley875067365140845954404849274765685570
Salisbury543501457418290350378333327353326297401331283260308255
Saugus1,7771,9701,8012,0022,1301,8001,7341,7692,0472,1032,1671,7301,4891,2051,2061,1081,053912
Swampscott264309271278373439413451375372329243323382387369318327
Topsfield26414135438370424460452991749
Wenham375694946737465435463574513211620
West Newbury638862737843586052607571503754107184
Middlesex County, MA10,88712,45014,03317,11921,30824,91227,43734,06042,12939,79640,07938,33938,61737,21433,96632,69530,11028,715
Massachusetts110,461124,235136,369150,602162,531166,416179,905192,306205,992204,498203,335196,817194,363184,437168,774157,873149,630138,913

Source: Massachusetts State Police




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Bullying Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Maintaining
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining