West Palm Beach, FL Criminal and Public Records

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About West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is located in Palm Beach County, with a population of 106,779. This makes it the 20th most populous city in Florida. It has an average income of $45,800.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 924 reported major violent crimes (0.008807 per person) and 5,093 reported major property crimes in West Palm Beach (0.048542 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 West Palm Beach.

Crime Rates Compared to Florida

When it comes to major violent crimes, West Palm Beach has 0.008807 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.005581 violent crimes per person statewide.

West Palm Beach has 0.048542 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.033991 per person statewide.


West Palm Beach Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 20th
  • Violent Crimes: 12th (29th per 100k)
  • Murder: 5th (17th per 100k)
  • Rape: 17th (71st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 10th (45th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 11th (18th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 11th (42nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 13th (89th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 12th (46th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 8th (8th per 100k)
  • Arson: 9th (36th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 272nd
  • Violent Crimes: 133rd (458th per 100k)
  • Murder: 58th (212th per 100k)
  • Rape: 141st (949th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 126th (621st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 127th (234th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 149th (727th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 198th (1,340th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 150th (855th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 135th (218th per 100k)
  • Arson: 102nd (682nd per 100k)

In Palm Beach County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (7th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (8th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (7th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (13th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (7th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 106,779
  • Households: 41,474
  • Median Income: $45,800
  • Land Area: 55.135 miles2
  • Water Area: 2.559 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

West Palm Beach, FL Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 15 22
Rape 45 50
Agg. Assault 463 575
Robbery 326 277
Burglary 929 780
Vehicle Thefts 292 643
Arson 23 16

Violent Crimes in West Palm Beach, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 22
Rape 50
Aggravated Assault 575
Robbery 277

Property Crimes in West Palm Beach, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 780
Larceny 3670
Motor Vehicle Theft 643
Arson 16

Larceny in West Palm Beach, FL

Year Larceny
2006 4775
2007 4748
2008 3887
2009 3645
2010 3415
2011 3685
2012 3801
2013 3453
2014 3567
2015 3670

Property Crimes in West Palm Beach, FL

Year Property Crimes
2006 7332
2007 7255
2008 5845
2009 5365
2010 5052
2011 5383
2012 5404
2013 4863
2014 4788
2015 5093

Florida Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large West Palm Beach 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 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

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how West Palm Beach compares to the rest of Florida 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 West Palm Beach is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Florida or nationwide.


Larceny in the state of Florida

Year Larceny
2006 473774
2007 490858
2008 506958
2009 479867
2010 458454
2011 461408
2012 442095
2013 433344
2014 493647
2015 420341

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