Data shows that Decatur is a safe community for the people who live here.

Source: City of Decatur Police Department.
Source: City of Decatur Police Department.
Source: City of Decatur Police Department.

Decatur’s violent crime rate is comparable to neighboring cities with similar or larger populations.

Item Title2020 PopulationAll Violent Crime
(Reported) Instances
Violent Crime Rate
(Reported) per 100,000 People
Item Title: City of Decatur Police Department
2020 Population: 57,938
All Violent Crime
(Reported) Instances :
89
Violent Crime Rate
(Reported) per 100,000 People :
153.61
Item Title: City of Huntsville Police Department
2020 Population: 215,006
All Violent Crime
(Reported) Instances :
701
Violent Crime Rate
(Reported) per 100,000 People :
326.04
Item Title: City of Madison Police Department
2020 Population: 56,933
All Violent Crime
(Reported) Instances :
77
Violent Crime Rate
(Reported) per 100,000 People :
135.25
The Decatur Police Department does a fantastic job protecting and serving our community and it shows!  Data for the first quarter of 2022 indicates that Decatur’s violent crime rate has reached a record low.

From 2019 to 2020, per-capita data shows:

Burglaries

decreased by 44.7%

Larceny thefts

decreased by 43.1%

Motor vehicle thefts

decreased by 36.7%

Robberies

decreased by 16.8%

Aggravated assaults

decreased by 17.7%

How To:

Easily access real-time crime data yourself

So while we are thankful for facts like these keeping us off of data-driven statewide “dangerous city” lists, no doubt any crime is too much. We encourage prospective residents to explore our city’s real-time crime data via the LexisNexis Community Crime Map. We’re proud to say that in 2018, our city became only the third in the state to make this data publicly available.

How To:

Join or start a Neighborhood Watch Program

If you’re a current resident, help head off crime before it happens by getting involved in your neighborhood’s watch program, or if there’s isn’t one, lead the charge to start one.

Learn more about Neighborhood Watch Programs

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