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Total crime 94%
Violent crime 33%
Property crime 105%
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBakersfield/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime17,626n/a (estimate)4,5402,5812,346
Murder44n/a11.35.66.5
Rape106n/a27.334.238.4
Robbery604n/a155.6113.673.9
Assault1,253n/a322.7288.7279.7
Violent crime2,007n/a (estimate)517442388
Burglary3,134n/a807.2369.7314.2
Theft8,656n/a2,229.41,341.71,398.0
Vehicle theft3,829n/a986.2427.6246.0
Property crime15,619n/a (estimate)4,0232,1391,958

Key findings

  • Bakersfield crime rates are 94% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Bakersfield are 33% higher than the national average
  • In Bakersfield you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Bakersfield is safer than 11% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Bakersfield has decreased by 1%

Bakersfield crime map

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The Bakersfield crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Bakersfield as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Bakersfield crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Bakersfield (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Bakersfield, CA per 100,000 people. In Bakersfield, the total number of daily crimes is 1.76 times more than the California average and 1.94 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Bakersfield is 1.17 times more than the California average and 1.33 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Bakersfield has a daily crime rate that is 1.88 times more than the California average and 2.05 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Bakersfield (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Bakersfield to every other city in California, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Bakersfield safe? The gauges above illustrate that Bakersfield is safer than 11% of every city located within California along with 11% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in California and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Bakersfield, CA is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Bakersfield

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Bakersfield is 1 in 194
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Bakersfield is 1 in 25
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Bakersfield is 1 in 23
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Bakersfield? In Bakersfield, CA you have a 1 in 194 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Bakersfield.

      Year Over Year Crime In Bakersfield (per 100,000 people)

      An ideal indicator of whether Bakersfield is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Bakersfield has increased by 14% and the rate of property crime in Bakersfield has decreased by 3%. The total crime rate in Bakersfield has decreased by 1% year to year.

      Bakersfield police department

      ItemBakersfieldCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)47351,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.33.63.3
      There are a total of 473 Bakersfield police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 63.2% less than the California average and 59.1% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in California

      StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /100K
      California79,891232266
      There are a total of 79,891 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 232 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Weedpatch, CA2,3942771,3421,619
      Greenacres, CA4,7373691,7872,156
      Rosedale, CA17,0503931,9012,294
      Shafter, CA17,8012312,2362,466
      Arvin, CA20,5627771,7612,537
      Cherokee Strip, CA1647143,4574,171
      Mexican Colony, CA3687143,4574,171
      Bakersfield, CA367,5555174,0234,540

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Tampa, FL361,4775201,3651,885
      New Orleans, LA382,9221,3244,5405,864
      Arlington, TX383,8995322,5513,082
      Aurora, CO351,1319003,3914,291
      Honolulu, HI349,5972713,0123,282
      Bakersfield, CA367,5555174,0234,540
      Source: The Bakersfield, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.