Crime and Safety in the Monadnock Region
Headlines about crime abound, but rarely tell us what we actually want to know. How safe is my community? And are things getting better or worse? On this page, you'll find data about crime and safety in New Hampshire and the Monadnock Region.
Most types of crime are underreported, so these data are far from perfect. But they can still tell us something about broader public-safety trends here.
This page is a work in progress, and we hope to add to it over time. What would you like to see included? Let us know here.
A grand jury last month indicted a Hinsdale man on charges alleging he endangered the welfare of two children and attempted to solicit a sexual image from one of them. Read morePolice allege Hinsdale man tried to solicit sexual image from child
A Keene man who police have accused of shooting a .40 caliber pistol into the door of a business near downtown is scheduled for a dispositional conference later this month after being indicted… Read moreKeene man accused of shooting door of business near city’s downtown
N.H. State Police are investigating after a family that recently moved to Cheshire County from out of state discovered several pieces of jewelry missing when they relocated to the area. Read moreCheshire County family reports missing heirlooms after recent move
Armando Barron has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering Keene resident Jonathan Amerault in September 2020. Read moreArmando Barron sentenced to life in prison for murdering Jonathan Amerault
Both the prosecution and defense teams in the murder trial of Armando Barron rested their cases Wednesday, with Barron’s defense team calling no witnesses. Read moreProsecution and defense both rest in Armando Barron murder trial
How does NH compare to the US?
New Hampshire is relatively safe compared to the country overall, with reported rates of both violent and property crimes well below the national average. The FBI defines violent crime as murder/nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime is burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Stats from the Monadnock Region
Relatively recent crime statistics can be hard to come by. Not all departments release them regularly, and the FBI doesn't publish its comprehensive data until sometime the following year. But the Keene Police Department does release monthly data about reported crimes. Here's a look at the most recent available numbers.
Crime stats are inexact. The FBI data relies on crimes known to law enforcement. But fewer than half of violent crimes, and about one-third of property crimes, were reported to law enforcement in 2019, according to federal survey data. (There are some exceptions, notably homicide and motor vehicle theft.) Still, these data tell us something about general levels and trends in Cheshire County.
Note: The monthly KPD data above lump together aggravated assaults with less-serious simple assaults and criminal threatening incidents. The chart below shows only aggravated assaults, which is why the numbers don't correspond.