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 Orange County. Domestic violence has increased in all counties but Dutchess since 2009.
Violent crime rates have decreased across the region.
The rate of violent crime in Orange County decreased by 18% between 2000 and 2015 to 24 violent crimes per 10,000 residents. This rate was greater than the regional rate and state rate, 21 and 22 respectively.
The rate of domestic violence has increased in Orange County.
Orange County experienced a 36% increase in the rate of domestic violence reports per 10,000 residents between 2009 and 2015. In 2015, the rate was 51, higher than the state (43) and region (45).