Lakeland, FL Criminal and Public Records

Are you searching for criminal records or background information on someone in Lakeland, FL? BeenVerified has access to public arrest records in Polk County that can help you identify criminal background history for individuals in and around the Lakeland area. Lakeland has a population of 104,401, which makes it the 21st largest city in Florida, and an average income of $39,706. We’ve compiled helpful crime statistics below, or you can look up a specific person’s criminal records.

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Crime in Lakeland, FL

One of the first ways to gauge crime is to look at the reported crimes in that city over a year’s time. Keep in mind that you cannot compare one city’s reported crimes to another city’s reported crimes without also understanding any differences in population. In addition, the reported crime rate and the actual crime rate may be very different; crimes such as forcible rape are notoriously underreported, while crimes like motor vehicle theft have higher reporting rates.

In 2015, there were 395 reported violent crimes and 5036 reported property crimes in Lakeland. This compares to 93,626 reported violent crimes and 570,270 reported property crimes statewide in Florida. This makes Lakeland 125th in the state of Florida when it comes to violent crimes per 100k people.

The most common violent crime in Lakeland was agg. assault, with 169 reported. The most common property crime was larceny, with 3,839 reported.

In addition to these major crimes, there were a number of other offenses committed, but most of those were charged as misdemeanors. Our charts below have much more information.


Lakeland Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 21st
  • Violent Crimes: 33rd (125th per 100k)
  • Murder: 15th (79th per 100k)
  • Rape: 7th (15th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 47th (166th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 24th (73rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 12th (41st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 9th (67th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 10th (40th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 17th (53rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 19th (84th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 280th
  • Violent Crimes: 282nd (1,767th per 100k)
  • Murder: 74th (378th per 100k)
  • Rape: 102nd (566th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 320th (2,443rd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 211th (740th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 153rd (723rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 167th (985th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 142nd (741st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 255th (917th per 100k)
  • Arson: 112th (776th per 100k)

In Polk County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (3rd per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 104,401
  • Households: 39,376
  • Median Income: $39,706
  • Land Area: 65.908 miles2
  • Water Area: 9.018 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

Lakeland, FL Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 8 4
Rape 73 91
Agg. Assault 219 169
Robbery 153 131
Burglary 1088 901
Vehicle Thefts 249 296
Arson 7 6

Violent Crimes in Lakeland, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 4
Rape 91
Aggravated Assault 169
Robbery 131

Property Crimes in Lakeland, FL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 901
Larceny 3839
Motor Vehicle Theft 296
Arson 6

Property Crimes in Lakeland, FL

Year Property Crimes
2006 5158
2007 5372
2008 5249
2009 5030
2010 5099
2011 5147
2012 5216
2013 5410
2014 5285
2015 5036

Arson in Lakeland, FL

Year Arson
2006 12
2007 9
2008 11
2009 10
2010 6
2011 11
2012 4
2013 4
2014 7
2015 6

Florida Criminal Statistics:


Criminal Records Lookup

Do you want to lookup a specific individual’s criminal records? While a criminal background check may be important, it is important to understand that that the presence or absence of some criminal history may not be indicative of a person’s actual criminal behavior. People can be arrested for and charged with crimes that they did not commit, while other people may never be charged with crimes that they did commit. Therefore, when looking at an individual’s criminal background, it is important to understand the differences between arrests, charges, and convictions. It is equally important to understand that the absence of a criminal record does not guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior or will not engage in future criminal behavior.

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You may also want to look at statewide reporting numbers.

Florida Statistics:

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 overall numbers can help you find some information, the crime rate is more informative. The crime rate can be reported in various ways; here we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By looking at the crime rate in a city, you can determine whether that city is more or less dangerous than surrounding cities. Here, we have compiled comparisons of the rate for various crimes in Lakeland and compared them to the rates for that same crime in Florida and nationwide.


Property Crimes in the state of Florida

Year Property Crimes
2006 721084
2007 746347
2008 758934
2009 712010
2010 669035
2011 671200
2012 632988
2013 607172
2014 679446
2015 570270

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