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People want to live in communities where they feel physically free from harm. Harm may occur through intentional victimization, as well as through accidents and health crises. For the third consecutive year, the number of violent-crime victims in the U.S. has increased, though the portion who have been victims of serious crimes has decreased.1

Lincoln has less crime than other similarly-sized communities. Persons living in Lincoln report feeling safe most or all of the time, traffic crash injuries have been low for the past decade, and medical and fire services are effective. However, the percentage of children removed from their homes for their safety remains higher than nationwide. Lincoln has also seen an increase in the juvenile arrest rates for drug violations, and for property crimes, when compared to the national rates.



1. Morgan, R. E. & Oudekerk, B. A. (September 2019). Criminal Victimization, 2018. Technical Report NCJ 253043. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.