Surprise, AZ Criminal and Public Records

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About Surprise

Surprise is located in Maricopa County, with a population of 128,422. This makes it the 10th most populous city in Arizona. It has an average income of $59,916.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 168 reported major violent crimes (0.001307 per person) and 2,182 reported major property crimes in Surprise (0.016977 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Surprise.

Crime Rates Compared to Arizona

When it comes to major violent crimes, Surprise has 0.001307 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.004102 violent crimes per person statewide.

Surprise has 0.016977 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.030332 per person statewide.

Surprise Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 10th
  • Violent Crimes: 14th (54th per 100k)
  • Murder: 11th (26th per 100k)
  • Rape: 15th (37th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 15th (55th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 13th (26th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 13th (47th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 12th (50th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 13th (46th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 12th (46th per 100k)
  • Arson: 7th (23rd per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 204th
  • Violent Crimes: 465th (3,526th per 100k)
  • Murder: 76th (401st per 100k)
  • Rape: 174th (1,294th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 381st (3,170th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 298th (1,546th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 420th (4,525th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 356th (3,415th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 404th (4,285th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 411th (2,439th per 100k)
  • Arson: 95th (655th per 100k)

In Maricopa County (2015)

  • Population: 9th
  • Violent Crimes: 10th (14th per 100k)
  • Murder: 7th (9th per 100k)
  • Rape: 11th (13th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 11th (14th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 9th (11th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 10th (15th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 10th (14th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 10th (15th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 10th (15th per 100k)
  • Arson: 5th (7th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 128,422
  • Households: 45,054
  • Median Income: $59,916
  • Land Area: 107.851 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.114 miles2
  • Time Zone: MST

Surprise, AZ Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 4 2
Rape 9 17
Agg. Assault 93 105
Robbery 31 44
Burglary 350 410
Vehicle Thefts 129 105
Arson 14 23

Violent Crimes in Surprise, AZ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 2
Rape 17
Aggravated Assault 105
Robbery 44

Property Crimes in Surprise, AZ in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 410
Larceny 1667
Motor Vehicle Theft 105
Arson 23

Murder in Surprise, AZ

Year Murder
2006 0
2007 6
2008 0
2009 1
2010 0
2011 0
2012 3
2013 0
2014 4
2015 2

Larceny in Surprise, AZ

Year Larceny
2006 1610
2007 1719
2008 1753
2009 1706
2010 1438
2011 1873
2012 1851
2013 1572
2014 1620
2015 1667

Arizona Criminal Statistics:

If you have an idea of how large Surprise is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 26916 28012
Murder 319 309
Rape 5842 5402
Agg. Assault 16970 18235
Robbery 6249 6360
Property Crimes 215240 207107
Burglary 43562 37957
Larceny 154091 152365
Vehicle Thefts 17587 16785
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Surprise compares to the rest of Arizona or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Surprise is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Arizona or nationwide.

Murder in the state of Arizona

Year Murder
2006 465
2007 468
2008 407
2009 354
2010 409
2011 405
2012 358
2013 357
2014 319
2015 309

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