Half of the respondents to our 2020 State of Safety survey reported that they worry about their safety and security every day. That’s an increase of five percentage points from last year, and four points higher than the average level of concern across the country.
Indiana reported a big jump in personal experience with property crime year over year. The number of participants who disclosed a run-in with property crime in the past 12 months increased by 386% (from 7% to 34%).
Experience with property crime increased 386% year over year in Indiana.
Statewide property crime rates (21.8) are slightly lower than the national average of 22.0 incidents per 1,000. Indiana’s violent crime rate (3.8) is barely above the national rate of 3.7. Both state crime rates decreased from 2019 to 2020.
Violent Crime in Indiana: Fear vs. Reality
Being robbed on the street is the violent crime that keeps the most people up at night in the Hoosier state, but robbery isn’t the most prevalent violent crime in Indiana.
49% of survey participants said robbery was their top violent crime concern, versus 38% nationwide.
33% also named robbery as the crime they feel most likely to fall victim to, compared to 27% nationwide.
Robbery was the second most common violent crime among the safest cities, accounting for 26% of all violent crime in the safest cities and 23% statewide.
Aggravated assault was the most reported violent crime, making up 54% of all violent crime incidents reported among the safest cities and 66% across the state.
46% said they had high concern about assault by a stranger, making it the second most worrisome violent crime in Indiana, but only 28% think that it is likely to happen to them.
Property Crime in Indiana: Fear vs. Reality
When it comes to property crime, Indiana residents are most concerned about someone breaking into their home, but that fear doesn’t line up with crime statistics in the Hoosier State.
69% expressed high concern about someone breaking in when they’re at home—that’s 11 percentage points higher than the national level of concern (58%).
A break-in when they’re not home was the second most worrisome property crime, with 66% of participants putting it atop their list of concerns.
48% also claimed a break-in when they’re not at home as the crime most likely to happen, compared to 38% across the US.
Only 9% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities were burglaries, and statewide, burglary makes up 17% of all property crime.
28% of respondents have a home security system, which is four percentage points higher than the national average.
Firearms are the most common form of protection Hoosiers use, with 36% reporting it, compared to 28% nationally.
Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in Indian, accounting for 83% of all property crime in the safest cities and 70% across the state.
60% of respondents named property being stolen as a top concern (making it the third biggest concern), and 41% think it’s likely to happen.
A Closer Look at Indiana’s Safest Cities of 2020
For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.
St. John held on as the number one safest city in Indiana for the third year in a row, with just three violent crimes reported.
Carmel stayed at number two for the second consecutive year, reporting a violent crime rate of less than one incident per 1,000.
35% of the cities improved their rank year over year, and Greenwood made the biggest leap, climbing 14 spots to number 17.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more