The violent crime rate in Harrisburg, PA, is 14.23 per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.55 per 1,000 residents across the entire state and a 3.9 national median. Property crime rates reveal that Harrisburg has a 52.02 property crime rate versus a 22.22 crime rate across all of Pennsylvania and a 29.1 national median rate per 1,000 people.*
It is clear that in Harrisburg and surrounding areas, including parts of Dauphin County, the police may be more focused on finding suspects when potentially there are none just because Harrisburg has a bad reputation for violent crime.
Drug Arrests & Alcohol-Related Driving Arrests Analysis: 1980–Present
It appears that drug arrests and arrests for driving while under the influence have risen at a significant rate since 1980 throughout the state of Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency,**in 1980 the number of drug abuse offenses reported was 13,432, with 117 arrests per 100,000 people.
In 2000, the number of arrests rose to nearly 40,000, with 401 arrests reported per 100,000 people. Finally, in the latest year for which statistics are available — 2009 — reported offenses rose to 52,565 with an arrest rate of 437 per 100,000 people.
In 1980, there were 19,300 arrests in Pennsylvania for driving under the influence, with 163 per 100,000 people arrested. In 2000, over 41,000 people were arrested for alcohol-related driving offenses, meaning an arrest rate of 342 per 100,000. In 2009, the arrest rate rose to 426 per 100,000 people.
Additionally, violent crimes in Pennsylvania appear to be going up when compared to violent crimes across the U.S. For instance, from 1980 to 2009, violent crimes in the U.S. per 100,000 people have gone down in most categories, including murder, rape and robbery, while these same categories of crime have all risen proportionately per 100,000 people in Pennsylvania.
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