Chautauqua County’s crime rate in 2016 was 34 percent higher than the statewide average, and ranked 7th highest (out of 62 counties) in New York State.
The county crime rates were calculated using county population estimates collected by the U.S. Census and the number of index crimes police in each county reported to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. The data is based on index crimes, a designation that encompasses the seven violent and property offenses tracked by the FBI nationwide. The list includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
According to the report, Chautauqua County had a crime rate of 2559.3 crimes per 100,000 residents. That trails only Schenectady County, which was ranked first, followed by Niagara, New York, Erie, Albany, and Broome counties.
The statewide average was 1904.5 crimes per 100,000.
Chautauqua County fared better when it comes to violent crimes. In that category, it ranks 15th in violent crime rate with 275.7 incidents per 100,000 residents, 26 percent lower than the state average, which was 374.6/100,000.
The report was published at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice website earlier this week.