Community & Civic Engagement
Property Crimes


Property Crimes

What does this measure?

The number of property crimes, presented per 1,000 residents. These crimes include arson, burglary, theft, fraud, embezzlement and destruction/vandalism.

Why is this important?

Crime affects quality of life for those who directly experience and witness it, sometimes resulting in long-lasting trauma. Indirectly, it also affects the lives of others in the community, as well housing stability and a community's perceived attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, there were 19 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents in Erie County, higher than the state rate of 17. The national rate was higher than both Erie County and Pennsylvania, at 24. From 2005 to 2016, the county's property crime rate rose to a peak of 27 in 2011 and has been declining since 2012. During the same period, rates declined steadily at the state (a decrease of 23%) and national (a decrease of 29%) levels.

The City of Erie had 23 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents in 2016, higher than the county's rate. Like the county, the city's rate peaked at 37 in 2011 and had decreased substantially (a decrease of 38%) as of 2016. In comparison, Erie County's rate decreased by 30% during the 2011-2016 time period.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Property crime rates in 2016 were higher than Erie in Broome County, NY (24 per 1,000 residents) and Stark County, OH (26), and similar in Luzerne County, PA (18). From 2005 to 2016, rates fluctuated in Broome and Luzerne counties. Stark's rate has declined steadily since 2011, when it was at 33.

Notes about the data

Crime reports are never complete because not all crimes are reported, and some crimes in particular, such as rape and assault, are believed to be underreported. Data are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. It should be noted that this indicator represents crime penetration. Because areas vary in population, counts of criminal incidents do not accurately measure impact. By presenting crimes per 1,000 residents, it is possible to compare rural and urban areas of the state.

Property Crimes
200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
United States343433323030292927262524
Pennsylvania232323242222222221191817
Erie County, PA212122252425272624222119
Broome County, NY293028312828313231293024
Stark County, OH383838362626333228302726
Luzerne County, PA222023242324242525232018
Erie City282930353034373532262523

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System, Ohio Criminal Justice Services, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Notes: Rates are per 1,000 residents.




Number of Property Crimes
200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
United States10,174,75410,019,6019,882,2129,774,1529,337,0609,112,6259,052,7439,001,9928,651,8928,209,0108,024,1157,919,035
Pennsylvania282,019286,805286,840297,042277,720276,004283,660278,079264,163248,537232,694223,469
Erie County, PA5,7195,8005,9906,8776,6557,0727,6247,4116,7346,0205,7485,363
Broome County, NY5,7206,1215,5646,3085,7135,7086,1226,2936,1945,8225,8364,772
Stark County, OH12,99412,54713,04712,0469,6039,83612,29511,98010,37710,1289,1768,787
Luzerne County, PA7,0406,4957,1717,5517,2527,5777,6817,9658,0007,3206,4585,816
Erie City2,8672,9873,0683,5543,0183,4903,7383,5103,2082,6402,4992,278

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System, Ohio Criminal Justice Services, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing