Cape Girardeau, MO Criminal and Public Records

Are you searching for criminal records or background information on someone in Cape Girardeau, MO? BeenVerified has access to public arrest records in Scott County that can help you identify criminal background history for individuals in and around the Cape Girardeau area. Cape Girardeau has a population of 39,462, which makes it the 16th largest city in Missouri, and an average income of $40,107. We’ve compiled helpful crime statistics below, or you can look up a specific person’s criminal records.

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Crime in Cape Girardeau, 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 210 reported violent crimes and 1949 reported property crimes in Cape Girardeau. This compares to 30,261 reported violent crimes and 173,642 reported property crimes statewide in Missouri. This makes Cape Girardeau 82nd in the state of Missouri when it comes to violent crimes per 100k people.

The most common violent crime in Cape Girardeau was agg. assault, with 127 reported. The most common property crime was larceny, with 1,535 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 Cape Girardeau resides in these counties: Scott County, Cape Girardeau County.


Cape Girardeau Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 16th
  • Violent Crimes: 10th (82nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 8th (47th per 100k)
  • Rape: 10th (96th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 11th (116th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 9th (36th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 8th (44th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 9th (75th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 8th (34th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 12th (75th per 100k)
  • Arson: 10th (70th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 983rd
  • Violent Crimes: 423rd (1,139th per 100k)
  • Murder: 76th (366th per 100k)
  • Rape: 172nd (944th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 359th (1,400th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 280th (569th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 477th (687th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 427th (1,198th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 438th (643rd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 414th (1,060th per 100k)
  • Arson: 111th (657th per 100k)

In Scott County (2015)

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

General Data

  • Population: 39,462
  • Households: 15,462
  • Median Income: $40,107
  • Land Area: 28.98 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.059 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

Cape Girardeau, MO Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 4 2
Rape 11 19
Agg. Assault 145 127
Robbery 66 62
Burglary 336 312
Vehicle Thefts 68 102
Arson 4 7

Violent Crimes in Cape Girardeau, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 2
Rape 19
Aggravated Assault 127
Robbery 62

Property Crimes in Cape Girardeau, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 312
Larceny 1535
Motor Vehicle Theft 102
Arson 7

Arson in Cape Girardeau, MO

Year Arson
2006 10
2007 9
2008 25
2009 9
2010 7
2011 2
2012 16
2013 6
2014 4
2015 7

Burglary in Cape Girardeau, MO

Year Burglary
2006 279
2007 332
2008 338
2009 363
2010 414
2011 394
2012 500
2013 446
2014 336
2015 312

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.

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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 Cape Girardeau and compared them to the rates for that same crime in Missouri and nationwide.


Arson in the state of Missouri

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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