Key Point

Our property crime rate is higher than the national rate, but it has trended downward since 2000.

Let's Break It Down

Property crime is down in all three counties.

Property crime includes burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson-related offenses. Theft or burglary is only included in this category if it did not include force or threat of force against a person. Property crime rates in all three counties – Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie – have consistently trended downward since 2000. In 2017, Douglas County reported 3,289 property crimes per 100,000 people; Pottawattamie County reported 4,326 property crimes per 100,000 people; and Sarpy County reported 1,250 property crimes per 100,000 people.

Why Does It Matter?

It’s the most frequently committed crime, and research says it may be related to poverty.

Property crime is the most common type of crime. It helps to tell the story about smaller criminal acts occurring in our community. More importantly, it can impact neighborhood safety and overall perceptions of safety within a community. Property crimes can be driven by a motive to steal money to survive and/or sell stolen property for a profit.

In addition to preventing these crimes, looking at how our community assists people when they are released from incarceration is important. If employment and other supports are not available, it becomes more likely that a person will return to crime, particularly when it has served as a way to make money to support a family. Having the ability to find a legal way to earn a living is an important part of the solution; however, people who commit even nonviolent offenses like property crime have a criminal record that follows them for life, which may prevent or limit opportunities for gainful employment.


How Do We Compare?

We’re faring worse than the rest of the nation.

Nationally, there were 2,574 property crimes per 100,000 people in 2017. In the same year, our community experienced 3,451 property crimes per 100,000 people. However, rates continue to be on the decline in the metro area. Crime data is typically reported per 100,000 people to allow for consistent comparisons between geographic areas.

Data Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, 2000-2017

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