Long Island Crime Rate | 👮 Is Long Island Safe? [Data, Stats, Reports, Map]
Are you visiting or planning on moving to Long Island, NY? You may be concerned about crime in Long Island and whether it’s a safe place. Long Island isn’t just safe, it’s the safest place to live in the NYC area. Long Island’s Nassau County was even ranked the safest county in the United States in 2020 by U.S. News! That considers not just crime rates but also fatal accidents, community spending on emergency and health services, and distance to emergency services. Here’s a complete guide to the Long Island, NY crime rate and what you should know about the area.
Understanding the Long Island Crime RateTo understand the rate of crime on Long Island, a good place to start is with the Long Island crime rate. U.S. crime rates are based on FBI Uniform Crime Statistics (2019) and reflected as the number of index crimes per capita (100,000 residents). Index crimes are four property and four violent crimes considered serious and well-tracked enough to be used to reflect your risk of being the victim of crime. What is the Long Island crime rate? That’s a bit complicated. Long Island isn’t a city, nor is it a single county. This means there isn’t a single reported crime rate for Long Island, NY. There are several ways to determine the Long Island crime rate, however. Long Island is an island comprised of four counties:
- Kings County (Brooklyn)
- Queens County (Queens)
- Nassau County
- Suffolk County
- 988 total crimes per 100,000 people
- 121 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- 867 property crimes per 100,000 people
- 1,234 total crimes per 100,000 people
- 96 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- 1,138 property crimes per 100,000 people
Crime on Long Island vs New York CityHow does Long Island crime compare to NYC? The New York City crime rate is 2,030 total crimes, 571 violent crimes, and 1,460 property crimes per capita. That’s still far lower than the national average, but it doesn’t compare to Long Island. Long Island has 59% less crime than New York City. Brooklyn, which is on Long Island, has a crime rate of 1,853 crimes per capita Also on Long Island, Queens has a crime rate of 1,429 crimes per capita The Bronx has the highest crime rate of the five boroughs: 2,468 total crimes per capita and a violent crime rate of 921 per capita. That’s also the highest violent crime rate in New York by far.
Long Island Crime MapYou won’t find a map of crime on Long Island; you’ll need to look at each county and city separately. Here’s where you can see crime maps to explore crime in towns and villages on Long Island.
- Nassau County crime map
- Suffolk County crime map
- CrimeGrade map (below) for Long Island
Property Crime in Long Island, NYThere were 11,741 property crimes in Nassau County in 2019 including:
- 10,233 thefts and larceny
- 869 burglaries
- 639 car thefts
- 14,854 thefts and larceny
- 1,061 burglaries
- 835 car thefts
Violent Crime in Long Island, NYIn 2019, Nassau County had 1,644 index property crimes including:
- 1,081 aggravated assaults
- 490 robberies
- 57 rapes
- 16 murders
- 852 aggravated assaults
- 302 robberies
- 234 rapes
- 26 murders
High Crime Areas of Long IslandCrime in Long Island is far below the national average. However, some villages and towns have higher crime rates than others. There are three communities in Long Beach that stand out for crime:
- The Village of Hempstead (pop. 55,000) in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County has 5.74 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
- The town of Riverhead (pop. 33,500) in Suffolk County has a total crime rate of 66.8 per 1,000 residents. Most violent crime occurs in west neighborhoods where your chance of being the victim is as high as 1 in 4.
- The village of Freeport (pop. 43,000) in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County has 1.61 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
Safest Places to Live in Long IslandLong Island is one of the safest places to live in metro New York – and one of the safest in the state! Several villages in Long Island have been ranked among New York’s safest cities. Here are some of the safest towns in Long Island.
Port WashingtonThe hamlet of Port Washington is located in Nassau County within the Town of North Hempstead. Home to 19,000 people, it has fewer than ten violent crimes per year with a violent crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 people.
Town of SoutholdThe Town of Southold is located in Suffolk County and it’s home to over 20,000 people. It’s located on the North Folk and includes the Village of Greenport plus nine hamlets (including the historic hamlet of Southold) and more than a dozen other communities like the private community of Beixedon Estates. The violent crime rate in the Town of Southold is just 0.85 per 1,000 people.
Long BeachLong Beach is one of just two cities in Nassau County with famous attractions like the Long Beach Boardwalk and Ocean Beach Park. Home to over 33,000 people, there are only 0.86 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In one recent year, there were only 29 violent crimes and 80 property crimes reported.
Garden CityGarden City is one of the largest villages in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County. Home to 23,000 people, Garden City is home to two country clubs, Adelphi University, and the highly rated Waldorf School of Garden City. Garden City has only 0.44 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
Floral ParkThe incorporated village of Floral Park is home to over 16,000 people in Nassau County. Floral Park is mostly located in the Town of Hempstead with a small part in the Town of North Hempstead. It’s also adjacent to Queens. Floral Park is one of the safest villages on Long Island with just 0.50 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
LynbrookThe village of Lynbrook is located in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County next to Malverne. Lynbrook has a population of more than 19,000 and only 0.61 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
Rockville CentreRockville Centre or RVC is a large village in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County. Home to 24,000 people, it’s home to Mercy Hospital and next to the New York Equestrian Center and Hempstead Lake State Park, one of Nassau County’s top attractions.
Glen CoveLocated on Long Island’s North Shore in Nassau County, Glen Cove is one of the only cities in the county with a population of 27,000. This beautiful waterfront community is home to beautiful beaches and Welwyn Preserve, a preserve with a 1913 mansion-turned Holocaust museum. In 2019, there were only 89 crimes reported in the entire city: five violent crimes and 84 property crimes.
Long Island Safety Tips – How to Avoid Crime on Long IslandHofstra University is a hotspot for crime on Long Island with 11.5 reported crimes per 1,000 students. 9% of incidents are arrests for major crime and 13% are violence against women. Use the campus escort service and night shuttle to get around on campus. Be aware of your surroundings when in tourist areas. These areas can be hotspots for pickpockets and theft from cars.
Long Island Police DepartmentsThere are several police departments with jurisdiction on Long Island. The New York City Police Department has jurisdiction in Brooklyn and Queens. In Suffolk and Nassau counties, there are several law enforcement agencies:
- Nassau County Police Department
- Suffolk County Police Department which serves the towns of Brookhaven, Smithtown, Huntington, Islip, and Babylon
- Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has a patrol division
- New York State Police patrol most parkways and state parks
- New York State University Police patrol SUNY campuses on Long Island