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 Ulster. Domestic violence has increased in all counties but Dutchess since 2009.
Violent crime rates have decreased across the region.
In 2015, Ulster County’s rate of violent crimes (17) was lower than the rate for the state (22) and region (21). The violent crime rate in Ulster decreased by 25% between 2000 and 2015 compared to decreases of 16% in the state and 18% in the region.
The rate of domestic violence has increased in Ulster County.
Ulster County’s rate of domestic violence increased by 33% overall since 2009, to 51 reports in 2015 similar to neighboring Orange County. Ulster has a higher rate of domestic violence compared with the region (45) and state (43).