Opelika has a population of 30,476. During the past three years, Opelika saw 5,027 arrests. For 2017, the Opelika's arrest rate totaled 532.22 per 10,000 residents. This increase of 68.14% makes Opelika higher than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. From that total, 223 were violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. The city of Opelika also totaled 1,399 arrests for property crimes during 2017. When compared to Auburn and Phenix City, Opelika is a more dangerous place to live.
Overall, Opelika had a higher rate of non-violent crime. For 2017, Opelika averaged 223 violent crimes and 1,399 non-violent crimes.
The city of Opelika experienced 2,115 violent crimes during 2007-2017. Of that total, 37 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter. Additionally, 207 was for legacy rape. The robbery total was 559, and the aggravated assault total was 1,420.