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Plainfield's Crime Rate: How Does it Compare with Neighboring Towns?

Plainfield's 2011 crimes and crime rate compared with those of Naperville, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Lemont, Woodridge and Joliet.

Plainfield’s crime rate has stayed about the same

Plainfield's overall crime rate stayed pretty much the same from 2010, when it was at 13.8, to 2011, when it dropped slightly to 13.

The crime rate is the number of violent crimes that occur per 1,000 residents and is calculated by dividing the village’s total population by number of violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), property crimes (burglary, larceny, car theft) and arson.

The numbers below are from the FBI's recently released its 2011 Uniform Crime Report, which compiles information from local law enforcement about violent crimes and property crimes in their communities.

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The FBI offers these words of caution to note when comparing crime rates: 

Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction.

Here's how Plainfield's 2011 crime rate compares with neighboring communities:

Crime Bolingbrook Naperville Romeoville Plainfield Lemont Woodridge Joliet Murder 1 2 0 0 0 2 8 Rape 25 4 2 1 1 9 30 Robbery 49 24 7 5 1 6 87 Battery 86 82 13 16 1 21 392 Burglary 261 300 119 90 15 65 939 Theft 915 1,768 624 389 118 417 2,751 Vehicle Theft 45 42 21 11 4 24 171 Arson 6 8 0 5 7 2 51 TOTAL 1388 2230 786 517 147 546 4,429 Population 73,587 142,280 39,799 39,700 16,048 33,070 147,877 Crime Rate 18.86 15.67 19.75 13 9 16.5 29.95

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