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Crime rate in Wilmington, Delaware (DE): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Wilmington, DE compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Wilmington, DE

The 2018 crime rate in Wilmington, DE is 675 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 2.5 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 98.3% U.S. cities. The 2018 Wilmington crime rate fell by 8% compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 23 - a decrease of 11 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Wilmington has seen decline of violent crime and decline of property crime.
See how dangerous Wilmington, DE is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Wilmington:

675.4
Elsmere:

201.6
Newport:

230.3
Penns Grove:

497.7
New Castle:

278.8
Pennsville:

97.8
Marcus Hook:

344.7
Trainer:

355.2
Chester Township:

438.6
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Wilmington by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
12
(16.2)
19
(25.8)
11
(15.1)
26
(35.7)
17
(23.4)
28
(38.2)
23
(32.1)
26
(36.1)
19
(26.6)
27
(37.7)
27
(37.5)
26
(36.0)
34
(47.5)
23
(32.3)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
27
(36.5)
48
(65.2)
30
(41.2)
27
(37.0)
39
(53.7)
27
(36.9)
30
(41.9)
34
(47.2)
24
(33.6)
23
(32.1)
47
(65.2)
35
(48.5)
33
(46.1)
14
(19.7)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
433
(585.6)
565
(767.2)
593
(814.1)
573
(786.1)
524
(722.0)
633
(863.9)
427
(596.6)
474
(657.5)
453
(633.9)
397
(553.6)
424
(588.3)
438
(606.8)
381
(532.5)
358
(503.1)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
577
(780.4)
722
(980.4)
596
(818.2)
784
(1,076)
762
(1,050)
711
(970.4)
631
(881.6)
694
(962.7)
665
(930.6)
727
(1,014)
733
(1,017)
786
(1,089)
694
(969.9)
704
(989.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
817
(1,105)
972
(1,320)
954
(1,310)
834
(1,144)
856
(1,179)
1,176
(1,605)
1,148
(1,604)
1,212
(1,681)
960
(1,343)
900
(1,255)
690
(957.3)
812
(1,125)
705
(985.3)
567
(796.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
2,104
(2,846)
2,345
(3,184)
1,913
(2,626)
2,333
(3,201)
2,259
(3,112)
2,428
(3,314)
2,213
(3,092)
2,247
(3,117)
2,387
(3,340)
2,530
(3,528)
2,174
(3,016)
2,232
(3,092)
2,413
(3,372)
2,483
(3,489)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
513
(693.8)
773
(1,050)
521
(715.2)
639
(876.7)
516
(710.9)
543
(741.1)
411
(574.2)
365
(506.3)
371
(519.2)
335
(467.1)
339
(470.3)
500
(692.7)
432
(603.8)
452
(635.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
8
(10.8)
4
(5.4)
5
(6.9)
3
(4.1)
8
(11.0)
2
(2.7)
4
(5.6)
1
(1.4)
2
(2.8)
2
(2.8)
2
(2.8)
5
(6.9)
2
(2.8)
4
(5.6)
City-Data.com crime index640.1833.7725.0830.2780.3863.4735.0782.5725.5736.1732.2768.5737.8675.4

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 Delaware and other state lists, there were 599 registered sex offenders living in Wilmington, Delaware as of September 30, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Wilmington is 120 to 1.



Violent crime rate in 2018
Wilmington:

830.6
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Wilmington:

892.4
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Wilmington:

968.4
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Wilmington:

942.7
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Wilmington:

891.1
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Wilmington:

869.0
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Wilmington:

929.4
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Wilmington:

845.2
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Wilmington:

1,030.4
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Wilmington:

986.5
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Wilmington:

1,039.3
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Wilmington:

887.5
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Wilmington:

990.6
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Wilmington:

752.0
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2003
Wilmington:

641.8
U.S. Average:

262.6

Property crime rate in 2018
Wilmington:

429.1
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Wilmington:

456.2
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Wilmington:

483.5
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Wilmington:

412.8
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Wilmington:

497.5
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Wilmington:

513.6
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Wilmington:

568.1
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Wilmington:

561.5
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Wilmington:

597.9
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Wilmington:

498.1
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Wilmington:

520.4
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Wilmington:

500.5
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Wilmington:

580.6
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Wilmington:

467.4
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2003
Wilmington:

445.4
U.S. Average:

334.1
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: 338 (292 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.10
Delaware average:

2.35

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 364 (300 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.19
Delaware average:

2.33

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 360 (302 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.18
Delaware average:

3.03

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 375 (313 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.34
Delaware average:

2.96

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 355 (295 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.11
Delaware average:

2.99

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 380 (317 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.44
Delaware average:

2.62

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 368 (307 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.26
Delaware average:

2.52

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 384 (321 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.48
Delaware average:

3.77

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 396 (334 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.56
Delaware average:

3.89

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 405 (318 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.38
Delaware average:

3.21

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 388 (302 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.14
Delaware average:

3.26

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 386 (302 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.15
Delaware average:

3.18

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 364 (285 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.92
Delaware average:

2.63

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 358 (272 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.74
Delaware average:

2.73

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 349 (278 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.83
Delaware average:

2.73

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 357 (285 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.92
Delaware average:

2.70

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Wilmington, DE
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 19801, 19803, 19806.