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February 29, 2024

Unveiling the 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Nebraska 2023: A Comprehensive Crime Analysis

We have determined the ten most dangerous cities in Nebraska for 2023 based on a recent analysis of crime data. By comparing the current data with the statistics from the previous year, the findings provide information on popular crime reports, crime hotspots, and a comprehensive breakdown of crime rates per population.

1.Omaha: A Persistent Concern

In terms of crime, Omaha continues to be the most concerning city in Nebraska. With 478,192 inhabitants, the city reported 14,567 crimes over the previous year, translating to a crime rate of 3,049 per 100,000 people. Even with increased law enforcement, Omaha still has trouble reducing crime.

2.Lincoln: Escalating Crime Rates

The state capital of Lincoln has seen a concerning rise in crime rates. At 2,728 crimes per 100,000 residents, the city with a population of 289,102 reported 7,891 crimes. Concerns have been expressed by both law enforcement and residents over this year’s notable increase.

3.Bellevue: Challenges in Suburbia

The Omaha suburb of Bellevue is dealing with a fair share of crime-related problems. With 54,818 residents, the city had 1,567 reported crimes, translating to a crime rate of 2,860 per 100,000. Although Bellevue’s crime rate is lower than that of Omaha and Lincoln, residents are nonetheless concerned about it.

4.Grand Island: Addressing the Issues

Grand Island has had difficulties keeping people safe. With 51,374 residents, the city had 1,287 reported crimes, translating to a crime rate of 2,503 per 100,000. Grand Island’s law enforcement is making a concerted effort to address the factors that raise the crime rate.

5.Kearney: A Growing Concern

With 34,947 residents, Kearney has a crime rate of 2,306 per 100,000 people based on 805 reported crimes. Due to a noticeable rise in crime, the city’s local authorities have had to take precautions to guarantee the safety of its citizens.

6.Fremont: Battling Criminal Activities

Fremont, a city with a population of 26,535, reported 622 crimes, resulting in a crime rate of 2,341 per 100,000 residents. While lower in population, Fremont faces its own set of challenges in battling criminal activities.

7.Hastings: Crime in the Heartland

Hastings, with a population of 24,908, reported 555 crimes, resulting in a crime rate of 2,228 per 100,000 residents. As a smaller city, Hastings is not immune to the state-wide trend of rising crime rates.

8.Norfolk: A Focus on Community Safety

Norfolk, with a population of 24,340, reported 511 crimes, resulting in a crime rate of 2,099 per 100,000 residents. Law enforcement in Norfolk is intensifying efforts to enhance community safety and address the underlying issues contributing to crime.

9.North Platte: Maintaining Vigilance

With 23,715 residents, North Platte has a crime rate of 2,011 per 100,000 people based on 477 reported crimes. Even though North Platte is one of the smaller cities on this list, it still takes precautions to ensure public safety.

10.Columbus: A Call for Action

Columbus, with a population of 23,167, reported 412 crimes, resulting in a crime rate of 1,777 per 100,000 residents. While the smallest city on this list, Columbus is not exempt from the challenges posed by crime, prompting a call for action from local authorities.

Comparative Crime Rate Data:


CityPopulationTotal CrimesCrime Rate (per 100,000 residents)


Grand Island51,3741,2872,503
North Platte23,7154772,011

 Note: Crime rate calculated per 100,000 residents.

These figures show that overall crime rates in Nebraska’s cities have increased, requiring cooperation between law enforcement, local governments, and communities to address the underlying issues and guarantee the safety of the populace. To stem the tide of crime that is increasing in these cities, authorities must examine the situation and put effective strategies into place.

Population Impact: Crime Rates Per Capita

The crime rates are further examined in relation to each city’s population to provide some context. Although crime rates may be higher in larger cities, per capita rates provide a more realistic picture of safety concerns. The study shows an alarming trend: despite efforts to reduce illegal activity, crime rates are rising in a number of cities.

Resident Testimonials: Voices from the Frontline

Concerns about the rising crime rates have been voiced by locals in the impacted cities. Long-time Omaha resident Sarah Thompson bemoaned, saying, “It’s depressing to see our city at the top of this list again. To make our streets safer, we need more police presence and community programs.”

Mark Rodriguez said in Lincoln, “It’s unexpected to see our city dealing with these issues. To address the underlying causes of crime and develop solutions that benefit everyone, our community must unite.”

City Officials Respond

City officials from the identified hotspots acknowledge the challenges and stress the importance of community involvement in combating crime. Mayor Jane Anderson of Grand Island stated, “We are committed to working with law enforcement, community organizations, and residents to create a safer environment for everyone.”

Future Steps: Building Safer Communities

The data serves as both a call to action and a sobering account of the difficulties these cities face. A safer future for Nebraskans can be achieved through targeted interventions, law enforcement cooperation, and community engagement.

It is becoming clear that in order to create safer neighborhoods and guarantee a better future for every Nebraskan, a team effort is required as conversations about addressing the underlying causes of crime continue.

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