Erie Vital Signs

Offenses Committed & Arrests Made: Total Offenses Committed

Recent Performance

This trend is improving.

The total number of offenses committed in Erie has fallen every year since 2011 to a low of 19,288 in 2014. The drop is greater in the property crime category than in the violent crime category. Compared to its peers, Erie had a lower crime rate in 2013 than the U.S. and seven of the eleven peers for which we had data, although Erie's rate was higher than PA's rate.

Note about crime data: The EVS crime data come from two related but separate sources: the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCRS) and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Each has its advantages and shortcomings, but together they give us a fuller picture of crime in Erie and its peer areas, as well as in the state and the nation. UCRS has detailed data on categories of crimes and has more recent data (through 2014), but only goes back to 2005 and only covers areas in Pennsylvania. The FBI statistics report data back to 1995 in some cases, and for all metro areas of the U.S. so we can get data for Erie’s peers there. But it reports on fewer crime categories and it takes longer to compile all those data, so the most recent are for 2013 at this point. The result of this is that some of the EVS graphs only go through 2013 and cover less-detailed crime categories (when we wish to explore Erie relative to its peers) while other data are more recent or detailed, but sacrifice data for peer areas.

The Basics

This indicator reports the actual number of offenses committed, and also offenses per 100,000 population for comparison across areas of different size.

Why It's Important

Measuring offenses committed is a way of seeing how much violence, theft, or other criminal activity there is in a community. The level of crime, which may be influenced by many different variables, will affect the degree to which residents of an area feel safe living in the community.

The Details

This variable measures the actual number of criminal offenses committed during a given year.

The Nitty-Gritty Details

Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System
Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Statistics


Total crime, violent crime, and property crime.

Peer Areas

The PA data source provides statistics for Erie and other areas in Pennsylvania. The FBI source provides national and peer area data.




Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System
Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Statistics

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