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Crime rate in Lake Charles, Louisiana (LA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Lake Charles, LA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Lake Charles, LA

The 2018 crime rate in Lake Charles, LA was 501 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.8 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 95.9% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Lake Charles crime rate is about the same compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 6 - a decrease of 3 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Lake Charles has seen an increase in violent crime and in property crime.
See how dangerous Lake Charles, LA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Lake Charles:

501.5
Westlake:

204.7
Sulphur:

353.1
Iowa:

337.4
DeQuincy:

103.3
Vinton:

361.5
Welsh:

550.5
Kinder:

197.6
Jennings:

125.8
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Lake Charles by year

Type

2005

2006

2009

2010

2013

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
6
(8.5)
4
(6.0)
10
(14.1)
7
(9.7)
11
(14.9)
3
(4.0)
8
(10.4)
9
(11.6)
6
(7.7)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
44
(62.0)
51
(76.3)
46
(64.8)
27
(37.6)
31
(42.0)
42
(55.6)
40
(52.0)
45
(58.0)
55
(70.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
153
(215.7)
158
(236.3)
199
(280.4)
148
(206.1)
178
(240.9)
149
(197.2)
143
(186.0)
146
(188.0)
134
(172.1)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
359
(506.0)
495
(740.2)
368
(518.5)
306
(426.2)
327
(442.5)
365
(483.0)
463
(602.4)
438
(564.1)
380
(488.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
1,720
(2,425)
1,843
(2,756)
2,158
(3,041)
1,826
(2,543)
1,974
(2,671)
1,588
(2,102)
1,626
(2,115)
1,836
(2,365)
1,845
(2,370)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
1,678
(2,365)
1,351
(2,020)
1,081
(1,523)
1,088
(1,515)
1,356
(1,835)
1,299
(1,719)
1,320
(1,717)
1,429
(1,840)
1,638
(2,104)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
240
(338.3)
363
(542.8)
207
(291.7)
133
(185.2)
205
(277.4)
170
(225.0)
207
(269.3)
259
(333.6)
294
(377.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(4.2)
2
(3.0)
N/A0
(0.0)
N/A0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)523.8609.0564.9450.1506.7442.0477.1504.6501.5

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of Louisiana and other state lists, there were 384 registered sex offenders living in Lake Charles, Louisiana as of February 23, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Lake Charles is 197 to 1.


When are crimes committed in Lake Charles, LA?

Violent crime rate in 2018
Lake Charles:

416.2
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Lake Charles:

457.2
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Lake Charles:

467.1
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Lake Charles:

403.6
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2013
Lake Charles:

413.4
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2010
Lake Charles:

373.3
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Lake Charles:

492.4
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2006
Lake Charles:

576.4
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Lake Charles:

439.8
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Lake Charles:

315.2
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Lake Charles:

294.0
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Lake Charles:

374.0
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Lake Charles:

635.8
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Lake Charles:

615.0
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Lake Charles:

549.3
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Lake Charles:

540.0
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2013
Lake Charles:

667.6
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2010
Lake Charles:

612.2
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Lake Charles:

728.0
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2006
Lake Charles:

733.6
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Lake Charles:

653.9
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Lake Charles:

466.3
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Lake Charles:

482.0
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Lake Charles:

519.3
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 2017, including police officers: 186 (153 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.97
Louisiana average:

3.21

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 186 (183 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.38
Louisiana average:

3.52

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 182 (179 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.40
Louisiana average:

3.68

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 180 (178 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.44
Louisiana average:

3.77

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 185 (183 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.52
Louisiana average:

3.83

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 183 (180 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.51
Louisiana average:

3.76

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 185 (178 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.54
Louisiana average:

3.99

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 181 (174 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.49
Louisiana average:

3.84

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 184 (179 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.49
Louisiana average:

3.90

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 192 (176 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.45
Louisiana average:

3.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 190 (179 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.49
Louisiana average:

3.87

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 195 (154 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.15
Louisiana average:

3.79

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Lake Charles, LA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 70601, 70605, 70607, 70615, 70669.