The city of Lancaster, with a total population of 160,653, experienced 13,951 arrests over the past three years. During 2017, the arrest rate totaled 282.41 per 10,000 residents. This represents a 10.78% difference making Lancaster lower than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. Of those, 1,219 were for violent crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery. The city of Lancaster also handled 3,318 arrests for property crimes during 2017. Compared to Agoura Hills and Alhambra, Lancaster is a more dangerous place to live.
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The city of Lancaster experienced a higher rate of non-violent crime. During 2017, Lancaster totaled 1,219 violent crimes and 3,318 non-violent crimes.
During 2007-2017, Lancaster experienced 11,137 violent crimes. Of those, 93 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, 94 were for revised rape, another 571 were for legacy rape, 3,465 were for robbery, and 6,914 were for aggravated assault.