Lake Wales, FL Criminal and Public Records

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Lake Wales Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 124th
  • Violent Crimes: 116th (165th per 100k)
  • Murder: 18th (64th per 100k)
  • Rape: 55th (174th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 116th (167th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 79th (119th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 124th (116th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 89th (69th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 129th (125th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 85th (125th per 100k)
  • Arson: 24th (82nd per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 2,403rd
  • Violent Crimes: 594th (2,543rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 77th (352nd per 100k)
  • Rape: 190th (1,361st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 461st (2,448th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 330th (1,119th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1,264th (1,769th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 596th (1,019th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1,182nd (2,001st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 489th (1,606th per 100k)
  • Arson: 117th (769th per 100k)

In Polk County (2015)

  • Population: 5th
  • Violent Crimes: 6th (8th per 100k)
  • Murder: 3rd (3rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 6th (8th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 6th (6th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 6th (7th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 5th (6th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 3rd (3rd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 6th (6th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 6th (7th per 100k)
  • Arson: 3rd (2nd per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 15,541
  • Households: 5,427
  • Median Income: $36,296
  • Land Area: 18.934 miles2
  • Water Area: 1.264 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

Lake Wales, FL Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 0 1
Rape 2 1
Agg. Assault 45 25
Robbery 20 12
Burglary 189 132
Vehicle Thefts 27 27
Arson 1 1

Violent Crimes in Lake Wales, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 1
Rape 1
Aggravated Assault 25
Robbery 12

Property Crimes in Lake Wales, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 132
Larceny 363
Motor Vehicle Theft 27
Arson 1

Vehicle Thefts in Lake Wales, FL

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 35
2007 24
2008 25
2009 16
2010 16
2011 20
2012 19
2013 21
2014 27
2015 27

Arson in Lake Wales, FL

Year Arson
2006 2
2007 1
2008 1
2009 1
2010 0
2011 1
2012 1
2013 1
2014 1
2015 1

Florida Criminal Statistics:


As the table-above indicates, major crimes in 2015 in Lake Wales, FL included 39 violent crimes and 522 property crimes. The 39 violent crimes included: 1 murder, 25 aggravated assaults, 1 forcible rape, and 12 robberies. The 522 property crimes included: 27 motor vehicle thefts, 132 burglaries, 1 count of arson, and 363 counts of larceny and/or theft. Of course, there were additional offenses in Lake Wales, FL which fell outside of the major crime category; these crimes are generally charged as misdemeanors. It is important to realize that the numbers above reflect the reported crime rate, not the actual crime rate. Depending on the crime, there can be a huge disparity between the actual crime rate and the reporting rate.

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

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Vehicle Thefts in the state of Florida

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 76437
2007 73656
2008 63509
2009 50259
2010 41462
2011 39621
2012 37330
2013 34912
2014 42579
2015 40661

You may also want to look at crime trends to compare a city to the state or the country, as a whole. To do this, you do not look at the overall number of crimes, but at the crime rate. It is also helpful to look at crime rates over time to determine whether a city or state is experiencing a growth in crime compared to the country, as a whole. Conventionally, the crime rate is reported as incidents per 1,000 people.

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