Public safety affects the emotional and physical well-being of residents and contributes to quality of life for individuals at home, at work, and in the community. In this section, we highlight the trends for 2 indicators: 1) violent crime rates; 2) domestic violence rates.
In all cases, comparisons to state statistics reflect the state excluding New York City.
Between 2000 and 2015, violent crime decreased in Dutchess, and also declined in Orange and Ulster counties. Since 2009, domestic violence decreased in Dutchess, contrary to increases in the other regional counties.
Violent crime rates decreased in Dutchess.
Dutchess County experienced a slight decrease in violent crime rates of 14% between 2000 and 2015. The state and region had declines of 16% and 18%, respectively
The rate of domestic violence decreased in Dutchess County.
Since 2009,the rate of domestic violence decreased in Dutchess County by 19% to 33 reports per 10,000 residents in 2015. This compares to a 5% decline at the state level and a 15% increase in the region. Dutchess had a lower rate of domestic violence in 2015 than the state (43) region (45) and other regional counties.