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Crime rate in Buffalo, New York (NY): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Buffalo, NY compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Buffalo, NY

The 2018 crime rate in Buffalo, NY is 515 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 1.9 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 96.2% U.S. cities. The 2018 Buffalo crime rate rose by 4% compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 57 - an increase of 17 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Buffalo has seen decline of violent crime and decreasing property crime.
See how dangerous Buffalo, NY is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Buffalo:

514.7
Kenmore:

76.0
Cheektowaga:

196.5
Lackawanna:

211.6
West Seneca:

112.9
Tonawanda:

153.7
Depew:

111.3
Lancaster:

72.7
North Tonawanda:

131.4
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Buffalo by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
56
(19.8)
74
(26.4)
54
(19.7)
37
(13.7)
60
(22.3)
55
(20.7)
36
(13.7)
48
(18.3)
47
(18.2)
60
(23.2)
41
(15.9)
44
(17.1)
40
(15.6)
57
(22.1)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
184
(65.0)
174
(62.0)
164
(59.9)
174
(64.4)
141
(52.5)
157
(59.2)
121
(46.1)
138
(52.6)
145
(56.0)
174
(67.3)
173
(67.0)
153
(59.4)
142
(55.4)
167
(64.7)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1,667
(588.5)
1,708
(608.9)
1,533
(559.8)
1,539
(569.4)
1,636
(609.0)
1,466
(552.9)
1,459
(555.8)
1,388
(528.9)
1,322
(510.8)
1,277
(494.2)
1,033
(400.2)
1,049
(407.5)
857
(334.5)
907
(351.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
2,031
(717.0)
2,001
(713.4)
1,739
(635.1)
1,966
(727.4)
2,083
(775.3)
1,921
(724.6)
1,634
(622.5)
1,808
(688.9)
1,735
(670.4)
1,663
(643.5)
1,640
(635.4)
1,611
(625.8)
1,572
(613.7)
1,561
(604.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
4,240
(1,497)
4,447
(1,585)
4,389
(1,603)
4,112
(1,521)
3,954
(1,472)
4,296
(1,620)
4,473
(1,704)
3,976
(1,515)
3,458
(1,336)
3,119
(1,207)
2,777
(1,076)
2,631
(1,022)
2,356
(919.7)
2,271
(879.5)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
10,089
(3,562)
8,864
(3,160)
9,477
(3,461)
9,503
(3,516)
8,947
(3,330)
9,027
(3,405)
8,711
(3,319)
8,371
(3,190)
8,076
(3,121)
8,362
(3,236)
7,421
(2,875)
7,133
(2,771)
6,638
(2,591)
6,707
(2,597)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
2,401
(847.6)
2,125
(757.6)
2,271
(829.3)
1,859
(687.8)
1,580
(588.1)
1,430
(539.4)
1,121
(427.1)
1,107
(421.8)
957
(369.8)
968
(374.6)
978
(378.9)
835
(324.3)
833
(325.2)
874
(338.5)
Arson
(per 100,000)
368
(129.9)
159
(56.7)
109
(39.8)
126
(46.6)
101
(37.6)
90
(33.9)
347
(132.2)
294
(112.0)
N/AN/A173
(67.0)
228
(88.6)
192
(75.0)
157
(60.8)
City-Data.com crime index726.5725.7699.3697.3707.7692.4641.8642.5616.4621.1553.2537.4492.7514.7

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 274.0. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

- means the value is bigger than the state average.
- means the value is much bigger than the state average.



According to our research of New York and other state lists, there were 697 registered sex offenders living in Buffalo, New York as of July 15, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Buffalo is 369 to 1.


When are crimes committed in Buffalo, NY?

Violent crime rate in 2018
Buffalo:

586.7
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Buffalo:

560.8
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Buffalo:

610.2
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Buffalo:

616.6
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Buffalo:

682.6
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Buffalo:

683.0
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Buffalo:

698.1
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Buffalo:

662.7
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Buffalo:

739.5
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Buffalo:

789.3
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Buffalo:

740.1
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Buffalo:

696.8
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Buffalo:

776.0
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Buffalo:

757.2
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Buffalo:

609.9
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Buffalo:

593.3
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Buffalo:

575.7
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Buffalo:

356.5
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Buffalo:

362.3
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Buffalo:

391.6
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Buffalo:

415.8
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Buffalo:

459.4
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Buffalo:

478.7
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Buffalo:

525.8
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Buffalo:

570.8
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Buffalo:

575.2
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Buffalo:

549.1
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Buffalo:

583.2
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Buffalo:

618.0
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Buffalo:

588.7
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Buffalo:

604.6
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Buffalo:

480.0
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Buffalo:

483.9
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Buffalo:

444.1
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 973 (784 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.04
New York average:

2.90

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 982 (781 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.05
New York average:

2.87

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 900 (693 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.69
New York average:

3.00

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 910 (724 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.81
New York average:

2.94

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 911 (737 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.85
New York average:

2.89

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 916 (741 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.86
New York average:

2.92

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 923 (759 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.89
New York average:

2.92

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 881 (736 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.80
New York average:

2.95

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 918 (768 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.90
New York average:

3.00

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 944 (796 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.96
New York average:

3.01

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 943 (800 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.96
New York average:

3.07

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 856 (708 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
New York average:

3.06

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 901 (753 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.57
New York average:

3.32

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 932 (783 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.68
New York average:

3.40

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 957 (807 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.76
New York average:

3.34

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 1,037 (862 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.95
New York average:

3.01

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Buffalo, NY
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 14201, 14202, 14203, 14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14213, 14214, 14215, 14216, 14218, 14220, 14222, 14223, 14225.