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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBishop/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime237n/a (estimate)6,2092,8432,324
Violent crime31n/a (estimate)812500370
Vehicle theft12n/a314.4471.9282.7
Property crime206n/a (estimate)5,3972,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Bishop, CA

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Bishop is 167.2% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 31 violent crimes reported in Bishop, equivalent to 812 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 119.6%. Additionally, Bishop recorded 206 property crimes, amounting to 5397 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 176.1%.

Having a crime rate of 6209 per 100,000 residents, Bishop experiences a crime rate that is 167.15% higher when compared to the national average, leading to one of the highest overall crime rates in the nation. It's important to clarify that this doesn't imply the entire city is unsafe. Like any area, Bishop contains neighborhoods with varying safety levels and you can find areas that are notably safer than others, emphasizing the need for targeted crime prevention efforts and community engagement initiatives.

Bishop ranks among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting violent crime, earning its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous areas. With a violent crime rate of 812 per 100,000 people, Bishop is considered one of the most unsafe cities in America. This statistic translates to a 1 in 124 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Bishop, underscoring the need for increased safety measures and community engagement to improve the city's security.

During the most recently reported crime year, Bishop experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

Bishop reports one of the nation's highest property crime rates, with 5397 incidents per 100,000 people, positioning it among the worst 10% of American cities reporting crime. This unfortunate statistic translates to a 1 in 19 chance of falling victim to property crime in Bishop, significantly surpassing the national average. These figures underscore the city's challenges in combating property-related offenses, necessitating a concerted effort to enhance security and community safety.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Bishop?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Bishop residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 11 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 45% of Bishop residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 55% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Bishop a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Bishop is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Bishop has an overall crime rate that is 167% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.65 daily occurrences, comprising 0.08 violent crimes and 0.56 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Bishop as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Bishop Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Bishop crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Bishop has increased by 49.1% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 19.2% and property crime has increased by 54.9%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Bishop

Bishop reports an unemployment rate of 2.3%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Bishop crime rates.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Bishop crime rates. Bishop registers a population density of 2010.4 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

Elevated rental costs can generate economic strain for both individuals and families, particularly those with restricted financial means. When a substantial proportion of one's income is allocated to housing costs, it often leaves limited resources for fulfilling other crucial necessities such as groceries, healthcare and education. This financial pressure can fuel desperation, potentially prompting individuals to resort to criminal actions, including theft or fraud, as a means of coping with their financial hardships. In Bishop, the average monthly rent stands at $975, while the national average is $949 per month.

Bishop crime map

The Bishop crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Bishop as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Bishop crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Bishop crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Bishop crime rates are 167% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Bishop are 120% higher than the national average
  • In Bishop you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Bishop is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Bishop has increased by 46%

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        Daily Crime In Bishop (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Bishop, CA per 100,000 people. In Bishop, the total number of daily crimes is 2.18 times more than the California average and 2.67 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Bishop is 1.63 times more than the California average and 2.20 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Bishop has a daily crime rate that is 2.30 times more than the California average and 2.76 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Bishop (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Bishop in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Bishop safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Bishop being safer than 5% of cities in California and 3% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking California cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Bishop. In conclusion, Bishop ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Bishop

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Bishop is 1 in 124
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Bishop is 1 in 19
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Bishop is 1 in 17
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Bishop, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 124. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 19 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 Bishop is 1 in 17.

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

        A good indicator of whether Bishop is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Bishop has increased by 17%, while the property crime rate in Bishop has increased by 51% year over year. The number of total crimes in Bishop has increased by 46% year over year.

        Bishop police department

        Item Bishop California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1751,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.43.63.3
        There are a total of 17 Bishop police officers. This results in 4.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 20.7% greater than the California average and 34.1% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in California

        State Total offenders California /100K National /100K
        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

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        West Bishop, CA2,553173811984
        Big Pine, CA1,3732371,1111,348
        Dixon Lane-Meadow Creek, CA2,5242921,3711,663
        Swall Meadows, CA3903271,5321,859
        Mesa, CA4343861,8112,197
        Wilkerson, CA4955542,5973,151
        Round Valley, CA4936162,8883,504
        Bishop, CA3,7478125,3976,209

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        Bishop, CA3,7478125,3976,209
        Source: The Bishop, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.