Independence, MO Criminal and Public Records

Are you searching for criminal records or background information on someone in Independence, MO? BeenVerified has access to public arrest records in Jackson County that can help you identify criminal background history for individuals in and around the Independence area. Independence has a population of 117,255, which makes it the 5th largest city in Missouri, and an average income of $43,472. We’ve compiled helpful crime statistics below, or you can look up a specific person’s criminal records.

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Crime in Independence, MO

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 500 reported violent crimes and 6061 reported property crimes in Independence. This compares to 30,261 reported violent crimes and 173,642 reported property crimes statewide in Missouri. This makes Independence 114th in the state of Missouri when it comes to violent crimes per 100k people.

The most common violent crime in Independence was agg. assault, with 304 reported. The most common property crime was larceny, with 4,298 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.

Disclaimer: The city of Independence resides in these counties: Jackson County, Clay County.


Independence Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 5th
  • Violent Crimes: 5th (114th per 100k)
  • Murder: 4th (43rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 6th (95th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 5th (146th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 5th (52nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 4th (42nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 4th (85th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 4th (41st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 4th (11th per 100k)
  • Arson: 7th (81st per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 224th
  • Violent Crimes: 229th (1,553rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 71st (357th per 100k)
  • Rape: 134th (941st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 223rd (1,752nd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 210th (836th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 121st (618th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 179th (1,411th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 122nd (768th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 90th (118th per 100k)
  • Arson: 102nd (698th per 100k)

In Jackson County (2015)

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

General Data

  • Population: 117,255
  • Households: 48,313
  • Median Income: $43,472
  • Land Area: 77.837 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.449 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

Independence, MO Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 3 7
Rape 43 57
Agg. Assault 304 304
Robbery 126 132
Burglary 1128 848
Vehicle Thefts 838 915
Arson 25 16

Violent Crimes in Independence, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 7
Rape 57
Aggravated Assault 304
Robbery 132

Property Crimes in Independence, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 848
Larceny 4298
Motor Vehicle Theft 915
Arson 16

Property Crimes in Independence, MO

Year Property Crimes
2006 7608
2007 7933
2008 8096
2009 7165
2010 7223
2011 6691
2012 7152
2013 7108
2014 6582
2015 6061

Agg. Assault in Independence, MO

Year Agg. Assault
2006 612
2007 631
2008 595
2009 528
2010 310
2011 342
2012 362
2013 363
2014 304
2015 304

Missouri 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.

All you need is a first name and last name to begin looking up someone’s criminal records. Try BeenVerified’s criminal records search.

You may also want to look at statewide reporting numbers.

Missouri Statistics:

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 26856 30261
Murder 403 502
Rape 4085 4407
Agg. Assault 18482 20830
Robbery 5592 6376
Property Crimes 176237 173642
Burglary 35258 34006
Larceny 124622 122637
Vehicle Thefts 16357 16999
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 Independence and compared them to the rates for that same crime in Missouri and nationwide.


Property Crimes in the state of Missouri

Year Property Crimes
2006 223570
2007 219759
2008 216585
2009 202698
2010 200414
2011 198882
2012 199590
2013 189606
2014 176237
2015 173642

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