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Total crime 112%
Violent crime 13%
Property crime 131%
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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 peopleBerkeley/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime6,072n/a (estimate)4,9632,5812,346
Murder6n/a4.95.66.5
Rape47n/a38.434.238.4
Robbery274n/a224.0113.673.9
Assault210n/a171.6288.7279.7
Violent crime537n/a (estimate)439442388
Burglary797n/a651.4369.7314.2
Theft3,933n/a3,214.61,341.71,398.0
Vehicle theft805n/a658.0427.6246.0
Property crime5,535n/a (estimate)4,5242,1391,958

Key findings

  • Berkeley crime rates are 112% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Berkeley are 13% higher than the national average
  • In Berkeley you have a 1 in 21 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Berkeley is safer than 13% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Berkeley has decreased by 11%

Berkeley crime map

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      Daily Crime In Berkeley (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Berkeley on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of California and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Berkeley (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 1.92 times more than the state average and 2.12 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Berkeley on a daily basis are 1.01 times less than than California average and 1.13 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Berkeley are 2.12 times more than the daily state average and 2.31 times more than the daily national numbers.

      How Safe is Berkeley (higher is better)

      How safe is Berkeley, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Berkeley is safer than 14% of the cities in California and 13% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in California and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Berkeley. Overall, Berkeley is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Berkeley

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Berkeley is 1 in 228
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Berkeley is 1 in 23
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Berkeley is 1 in 21
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Berkeley, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 228. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 23 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Berkeley is 1 in 21.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether Berkeley 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 Berkeley has decreased by 13% and the rate of property crime in Berkeley has decreased by 11%. The total crime rate in Berkeley has decreased by 11% year to year.

      Berkeley police department

      ItemBerkeleyCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)26551,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.33.63.3
      There are a total of 265 Berkeley police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 36.2% less than the California average and 29.1% 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
      Shell Ridge, CA1,12362300362
      Castle Hill, CA1,20262300362
      Acalanes Ridge, CA1,00062300362
      San Miguel, CA3,21484407492
      Reliez Valley, CA3,59584407492
      Orinda, CA18,93630644674
      Strawberry, CA5,689144696839
      Berkeley, CA118,5854394,5244,963

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Norman, OK118,9742892,5782,868
      Ann Arbor, MI118,0872441,3201,563
      Beaumont, TX117,7291,2263,3084,534
      Allentown, PA119,6243872,2832,670
      Vallejo, CA119,6449913,3344,325
      Berkeley, CA118,5854394,5244,963
      Source: The Berkeley, 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.