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Columbia, SC Crime Reports & Statistics


Neighborhood Crime Statistics For Columbia, South Carolina


Population: 127,884 in 2009

Columbia, SC Map
The Columbia, SC crime report and city information below can give residents and potential residents incite on their local area and surroundings. This information that was collected and published on this site is from the participation of over 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States. These statistics are collected and published by the FBI on an annual basis for special studies and reports, on the cities in the United States. *
Columbia, SC Crime Categories
Columbia Law Enforcement
Columbia Violent Crimes
Columbia Forcible Rapes
Columbia Murders
Columbia Robbery
Columbia Aggravated Assaults
Columbia Property Crimes
Columbia Burglary
Columbia Larceny
Columbia Motor Vehicle
Columbia Arson
Columbia, SC Law Enforcement Statistics
Law Enforcement officers are individuals who ordinarily carry a firearm and a badge, have full arrest powers, and are paid from governmental funds set aside specifically for sworn law enforcement representatives. (UCR Definition)
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Law Enforcement - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Total Employees
383
Officers
345
Civilians
38
Year
2008
Total Employees
364
Officers
327
Civilians
37
Year
2007
Total Employees
360
Officers
320
Civilians
40
Year
2006
Total Employees
368
Officers
328
Civilians
40
Columbia, SC Violent Crime Statistics
In 2009, Columbia, South Carolina law enforcement had 1338 violent crimes reported. With a population of 127,884 in 2009, there were 104.6 occurrences of violent crimes per 10k persons in Columbia, South Carolina. The total known offenses in 2006, 2007 and 2008 were 1290, 1542 and 1079, respectively .

Violent crime is composed of four offenses: forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, and robbery. Violent crimes involve force or threat of force. (UCR Definition)
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Violent Crimes - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
1,338
Occurrences (per 10k)
104.6
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
1,079
Occurrences (per 10k)
86.0
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
1,542
Occurrences (per 10k)
127.9
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
1,290
Occurrences (per 10k)
108.5
Columbia, SC Forceable Rape Crime Statistics
In 2009, Columbia, South Carolina had 5.3 occurrences of forcible rape per 10k persons in a population of 127,884 in 2009. The total known offenses of forcible rape in Columbia in 2009 was 68. There were 56 known offenses in 2006, 67 in 2007, and 56 in 2008.

Forcible rape is the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Rapes by force and attempts or assaults to rape regardless of the age of the victim are included. Statutory offenses (no force used--victim under age of consent) are excluded. (UCR Definition)
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Forcible Rape - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
68
Occurrences (per 10k)
5.3
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
56
Occurrences (per 10k)
4.5
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
67
Occurrences (per 10k)
5.6
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
56
Occurrences (per 10k)
4.7
Columbia, SC Murder Statistics
Columbia, South Carolina had 13 murders in 2009. With a total population of 127884 in 2009, there were 1.0 occurrences of murder per 10k persons in Columbia, South Carolina. The murder rates in Columbia, South Carolina in 2006, 2007 and 2008 were 7, 16 and 13, respectively.

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter is the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. (UCR Definition)
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Murder - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
13
Occurrences (per 10k)
1.0
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
13
Occurrences (per 10k)
1.0
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
16
Occurrences (per 10k)
1.3
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
7
Occurrences (per 10k)
0.6
Columbia, SC Aggravated Assault Statistics
The total known offenses of aggravated assault in Columbia, South Carolina in 2009 was 878. Columbia had 68.7 occurrences of aggravated assault per 10k persons in a population of 127,884 in 2009. In Columbia there were 852 offenses in 2006, 1114 in 2007, and 676 in 2008.

Aggravated assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. The Program further specifies that this type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by other means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Attempted aggravated assault that involves the display of--or threat to use--a gun, knife, or other weapon is included in this crime category because serious personal injury would likely result if the assault were completed. When aggravated assault and larceny-theft occur together, the offense falls under the category of robbery. (UCR Definition)
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Assault - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
878
Occurrences (per 10k)
68.7
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
676
Occurrences (per 10k)
53.9
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
1,114
Occurrences (per 10k)
92.4
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
852
Occurrences (per 10k)
71.7
Columbia, SC Robbery Statistics
In 2009, Columbia, South Carolina had 379 occurrences of robberies reported to the police. With 127,884 in 2009 people living in Columbia, in 2009 there were 29.6 occurrences per 10k persons. Based on statistics from the FBI, there were 375 robberies in 2006, 345 in 2007 and 334 in 2008.

Robbery is the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. (UCR Definition)
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Robbery - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
379
Occurrences (per 10k)
29.6
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
334
Occurrences (per 10k)
26.6
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
345
Occurrences (per 10k)
28.6
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
375
Occurrences (per 10k)
31.5
Columbia, SC Property Crime Statistics
A property crime includes burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. In 2009, Columbia, South Carolina had 7689 property crimes. The population in 2009 for Columbia was 127,884 in 2009; the number of violent crimes per 10k persons was 601.2. Looking back at the previous three years in Columbia, South Carolina, you will see that there were 6994 property crimes in 2006, 6963 in 2007 and 6825 in 2008.

A property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The property crime category includes arson because the offense involves the destruction of property; however, arson victims may be subjected to force. Because of limited participation and varying collection procedures by local agencies, only limited data are available for arson. Arson statistics are included in trend, clearance, and arrest tables throughout Crime in the United States, but they are not included in any estimated volume data. The arson section in this report provides more information on that offense. (UCR Definition)
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Property Crime - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
7,689
Occurrences (per 10k)
601.2
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
6,825
Occurrences (per 10k)
543.9
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
6,963
Occurrences (per 10k)
577.6
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
6,994
Occurrences (per 10k)
588.2
Columbia, SC Burglary Statistics
The total known offenses of burglary in Columbia, South Carolina in 2009 was 1678. Burglary is part of the violent crimes category. Based on the known offenses and its population of 127,884 in 2009 in 2009, Columbia, South Carolina had 131.2 occurrences of burglary per 10k persons. In Columbia there were 1254 burglary offenses in 2006, 1267 in 2007, and 1182 in 2008.

Burglary is defined in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. The use of force to gain entry is not required to classify an offense as a burglary. Burglary in the UCR program is categorized into three sub classifications: forcible entry, unlawful entry where no force is used, and attempted forcible entry. (UCR Definition)

Did you know that a burglary occurs in the United States every 15 seconds? In 2008, there were 2.4 billion burglaries in just the U.S.A! Property loss due to burglary totaled $4.3 billion in 2008, with an average loss of $1,991 per occurrence. You may qualify for a FREE home security system; simply fill out the form on the top of this page to get a free, no-obligation quote and protect yourself from being part of these statistics.
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Burglary - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
1,678
Occurrences (per 10k)
131.2
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
1,182
Occurrences (per 10k)
94.2
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
1,267
Occurrences (per 10k)
105.1
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
1,254
Occurrences (per 10k)
105.5
Columbia, SC Larceny Statistics
Columbia, South Carolina had 5321 offenses of larceny-theft reported to the police in 2009. With 127,884 in 2009 people living in Columbia that year, there were 416.1 occurrences per 10k persons. Based on the statistics from the FBI, there were 5086 larceny-thefts in 2006, 5066 in 2007 and 4998 in 2008.

Larceny-theft (except motor vehicle theft) is the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Examples are thefts of bicycles or automobile accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article which is not taken by force and violence or by fraud. Attempted larcenies are included. Embezzlement, confidence games, forgery, worthless checks, etc., are excluded. (UCR Definition)
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Larceny - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
5,321
Occurrences (per 10k)
416.1
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
4,998
Occurrences (per 10k)
398.3
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
5,066
Occurrences (per 10k)
420.2
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
5,086
Occurrences (per 10k)
427.7
Columbia, SC Motor Vehicle Crime Statistics
In 2009, Columbia, South Carolina law enforcement had 690 motor vehicle thefts reported. With a population of 127,884 in 2009 in Columbia, there were 54.0 occurrences of motor vehicle theft per 10k persons. The total known offenses by law enforcement of this kind in 2006, 2007 and 2008 were 654, 630 and 645, respectively.

Motor vehicle theft is the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. The offense includes the stealing of automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, etc. The taking of a motor vehicle for temporary use by persons having lawful access is excluded from this definition. (UCR Definition)
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Motor Vehicle Crime - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
690
Occurrences (per 10k)
54.0
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
645
Occurrences (per 10k)
51.4
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
630
Occurrences (per 10k)
52.3
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
654
Occurrences (per 10k)
55.0
Columbia, SC Arson Statistics
The total known offenses of arson in Columbia in 2009 was 11. Columbia, South Carolina had 0.9 occurrences of arson per 10k persons in a population of 127,884 in 2009. In Columbia, South Carolina, the known offenses of arson were 27 in 2006, 24 in 2007, and 25 in 2008.

Arson is any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc. (UCR Definition)
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Arson - Columbia, SC
Year
2009
Population
127,884
Occurrences
11
Occurrences (per 10k)
0.9
Year
2008
Population
125,485
Occurrences
25
Occurrences (per 10k)
2.0
Year
2007
Population
120,549
Occurrences
24
Occurrences (per 10k)
2.0
Year
2006
Population
118,909
Occurrences
27
Occurrences (per 10k)
2.3
*Disclaimer: Each year when the FBI crime statistics are published, we compile the rankings of cities and countries on our website. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, or region. Because of this, these numbers sometimes lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. SecurityGuide.com is not responsible for the accuracy or incompleteness of these figures.
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