Fort Lauderdale, FL Criminal and Public Records

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Crime in Fort Lauderdale and Florida

In general, there has been an overall decline in crime across the United States. However, nationwide trends are not necessarily indicative of local criminal patterns. Instead, one needs to examine local crime statistics.

In 2015, Fort Lauderdale experienced 1217 reported violent crimes. Of those violent crimes, the most reported crime was agg. assault with 686 reported followed by robbery and rape. Statewide, there were 558.1 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

In addition to violent crimes, there were also property crimes. Of those property crimes, the most reported crime was larceny, followed by burglary and vehicle thefts. Note that in Florida, the most common property crime was larceny with 6,936 reported.

Remember that in addition to these major offenses, usually charged as felonies, the city experienced a number of lesser crimes. You can peruse our statistics to find out general criminal information about Fort Lauderdale:


Fort Lauderdale Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 8th
  • Violent Crimes: 7th (54th per 100k)
  • Murder: 9th (68th per 100k)
  • Rape: 6th (60th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 8th (91st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 6th (23rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 5th (30th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 6th (31st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 6th (36th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 6th (24th per 100k)
  • Arson: 7th (45th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 129th
  • Violent Crimes: 103rd (747th per 100k)
  • Murder: 68th (361st per 100k)
  • Rape: 101st (911th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 105th (1,115th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 88th (278th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 84th (531st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 83rd (568th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 83rd (646th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 109th (434th per 100k)
  • Arson: 94th (700th per 100k)

In Broward County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (7th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (1st per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 178,590
  • Households: 73,446
  • Median Income: $50,778
  • Land Area: 34.623 miles2
  • Water Area: 1.688 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

Fort Lauderdale, FL Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 18 10
Rape 78 92
Agg. Assault 631 686
Robbery 618 429
Burglary 1942 1931
Vehicle Thefts 674 803
Arson 31 24

Violent Crimes in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 10
Rape 92
Aggravated Assault 686
Robbery 429

Property Crimes in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 1931
Larceny 6936
Motor Vehicle Theft 803
Arson 24

Arson in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Year Arson
2006 49
2007 48
2008 57
2009 39
2010 44
2011 44
2012 39
2013 30
2014 31
2015 24

Vehicle Thefts in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 1020
2007 865
2008 847
2009 687
2010 636
2011 601
2012 590
2013 567
2014 674
2015 803

Florida Criminal Statistics:


You can also look at statewide statistics for State:
Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 107521 93626
Murder 1149 1041
Rape 14614 12983
Agg. Assault 72895 63895
Robbery 24914 21137
Property Crimes 679446 570270
Burglary 143220 109268
Larceny 493647 420341
Vehicle Thefts 42579 40661
Arson 0 0

Arson in the state of Florida

Year Arson
2006 0
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0

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