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 has decreased in all 3 regional counties. Domestic violence has increased in Orange and Ulster since 2009, but decreased in Dutchess.
Violent crime rates have decreased across the region.
In 2015, the Mid-Hudson Valley region had 21 violent crimes reported per 10,000 residents, similar with the state rate (22). This was an 18% decrease in the rate of violent crimes since 2000, compared to a 16% decrease statewide.
The rate of domestic violence increased in the Mid-Hudson Valley region.
The region had a 15% increase in the rate of reported domestic violence between 2009 and 2015. In 2015, there were 45 reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in the region, up from 39 in 2009 and similar to the state rate.