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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 2022 crime rate in Buffalo, NY is 399 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 1.6 times higher than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 93.7% U.S. cities. The 2022 Buffalo crime rate fell by 12% compared to 2021. The number of homicides stood at 67 - an increase of 2 compared to 2021. In the last 5 years Buffalo has seen decline of violent crime and decline of property crime.
See how dangerous Buffalo, NY is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Buffalo:

399.2
Kenmore:

67.5
Cheektowaga:

225.7
Lackawanna:

214.8
West Seneca:

129.1
Tonawanda:

115.6
Depew:

113.2
Amherst:

126.4
Blasdell:

104.1
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Buffalo by year

Type

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Murders
(per 100,000)
60
(22.3)
55
(21.0)
36
(13.7)
48
(18.3)
47
(18.2)
60
(23.2)
41
(15.9)
44
(17.1)
40
(15.6)
57
(22.1)
47
(18.4)
63
(24.7)
65
(25.6)
67
(24.3)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
141
(52.5)
157
(60.1)
121
(46.1)
138
(52.6)
145
(56.0)
173
(66.9)
172
(66.6)
153
(59.4)
142
(55.4)
167
(64.7)
121
(47.3)
68
(26.7)
143
(56.3)
110
(39.9)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1,636
(609.0)
1,466
(561.0)
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)
802
(313.7)
703
(276.1)
611
(240.7)
533
(193.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
2,083
(775.3)
1,921
(735.1)
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)
1,563
(611.3)
1,850
(726.6)
1,608
(633.5)
1,320
(478.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
3,954
(1,472)
4,296
(1,644)
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)
1,610
(629.7)
1,509
(592.6)
1,064
(419.2)
1,324
(480.2)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
8,947
(3,330)
9,027
(3,455)
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)
6,009
(2,350)
5,598
(2,199)
5,254
(2,070)
6,005
(2,178)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
1,580
(588.1)
1,430
(547.2)
1,121
(427.1)
1,107
(421.8)
957
(369.8)
968
(374.6)
977
(378.5)
835
(324.3)
833
(325.2)
874
(338.5)
679
(265.6)
1,313
(515.7)
1,530
(602.8)
1,523
(552.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
101
(37.6)
90
(34.4)
347
(132.2)
294
(112.0)
230
(88.9)
199
(77.0)
173
(67.0)
228
(88.6)
192
(75.0)
157
(60.8)
143
(55.9)
122
(47.9)
123
(48.5)
77
(27.9)
City-Data.com crime index707.7702.5641.8642.5616.4620.8552.9537.4492.7514.7450.3469.7455.6399.2

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 246.1. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

- means the value is smaller than the state average.
- means the value is about the same as the state average.
- 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 721 registered sex offenders living in Buffalo, New York as of May 18, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Buffalo is 356 to 1.


When are crimes committed in Buffalo, NY?

Violent crime rate in 2022
Buffalo:

424.5
U.S. Average:

219.8

Violent crime rate in 2021
Buffalo:

544.7
U.S. Average:

224.8

Violent crime rate in 2020
Buffalo:

577.5
U.S. Average:

228.2

Violent crime rate in 2019
Buffalo:

546.6
U.S. Average:

219.9

Violent crime rate in 2018
Buffalo:

586.7
U.S. Average:

221.2

Violent crime rate in 2017
Buffalo:

560.8
U.S. Average:

226.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Buffalo:

610.2
U.S. Average:

227.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Buffalo:

616.2
U.S. Average:

219.3

Violent crime rate in 2014
Buffalo:

682.2
U.S. Average:

211.1

Violent crime rate in 2013
Buffalo:

683.0
U.S. Average:

214.2

Violent crime rate in 2012
Buffalo:

698.1
U.S. Average:

187.4

Violent crime rate in 2011
Buffalo:

662.7
U.S. Average:

187.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Buffalo:

750.3
U.S. Average:

195.7

Violent crime rate in 2009
Buffalo:

789.3
U.S. Average:

208.9

Violent crime rate in 2008
Buffalo:

740.1
U.S. Average:

222.5

Violent crime rate in 2007
Buffalo:

582.2
U.S. Average:

229.1

Violent crime rate in 2006
Buffalo:

648.3
U.S. Average:

232.6

Violent crime rate in 2005
Buffalo:

632.7
U.S. Average:

227.0

Property crime rate in 2022
Buffalo:

287.8
U.S. Average:

166.5

Property crime rate in 2021
Buffalo:

277.8
U.S. Average:

157.8

Property crime rate in 2020
Buffalo:

305.8
U.S. Average:

169.6

Property crime rate in 2019
Buffalo:

283.3
U.S. Average:

179.7

Property crime rate in 2018
Buffalo:

356.5
U.S. Average:

190.2

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:

415.7
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:

583.6
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:

516.4
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Buffalo:

491.9
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Buffalo:

505.2
U.S. Average:

322.3
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 2021, including police officers: 895 (722 officers - 579 male; 143 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.84
New York average:

3.28

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2020, including police officers: 927 (752 officers - 605 male; 147 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.95
New York average:

3.38

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 908 (729 officers - 585 male; 144 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.85
New York average:

3.42

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 973 (784 officers - 617 male; 167 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.04
New York average:

3.33

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 982 (781 officers - 612 male; 169 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.05
New York average:

3.28

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 900 (693 officers - 543 male; 150 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.69
New York average:

3.26

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 910 (724 officers - 569 male; 155 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.81
New York average:

3.19

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 911 (737 officers - 579 male; 158 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.85
New York average:

3.23

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 916 (741 officers - 577 male; 164 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.86
New York average:

3.20

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 923 (759 officers - 592 male; 167 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.89
New York average:

3.23

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 881 (736 officers - 563 male; 173 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.80
New York average:

3.18

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 918 (768 officers - 587 male; 181 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.94
New York average:

3.23

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 944 (796 officers - 608 male; 188 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.96
New York average:

3.25

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 943 (800 officers - 610 male; 190 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.96
New York average:

3.36

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 856 (708 officers - 536 male; 172 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
New York average:

3.30

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 901 (753 officers - 578 male; 175 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.68
New York average:

3.32

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 932 (783 officers - 599 male; 184 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.76
New York average:

3.39

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 957 (807 officers - 615 male; 192 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.83
New York average:

3.34

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 1,037 (862 officers - 662 male; 200 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.99
New York average:

2.95

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

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