What does this measure?
This indicator shows the number of reported serious violent crimes per 10,000 residents. Murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault are included in the serious violent crimes measure.
Why is this important?
Crime affects the quality of life of those who directly experience and witness it, but it also impacts the lives of others within the community, housing stability, and a community's attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2015, there were 19 violent crimes reported per 10,000 residents in Dutchess County, reflecting no change from the previous year. This was below the state rate of 22 (excluding NYC), and the regional rate of 21. Dutchess' overall rate has decreased 14% since 2000, compared to a decline of 16% statewide and 18% regionally. Among local areas in Dutchess, the rate was highest in Poughkeepsie at 79 in 2015.
Notes about the data
National data were not available for all years. Crime reports are never complete because some crimes, such as rape and assault, are believed to be underreported.