Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property 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 peopleBurlingame/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,072n/a (estimate)3,6962,8432,324
Violent crime59n/a (estimate)203500370
Vehicle theft104n/a358.6471.9282.7
Property crime1,013n/a (estimate)3,4932,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Burlingame, 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 Burlingame is 59% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 59 violent crimes reported in Burlingame, equivalent to 203 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 45%. Additionally, Burlingame recorded 1013 property crimes, amounting to 3493 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 78.7%.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Burlingame reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Burlingame?

What do the local residents think about crime in Burlingame? Well, based on a recent survey of 19 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 74% of Burlingame residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 26% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Burlingame a Safe Place to Live?

Is Burlingame a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Burlingame has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 59%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 2.94 daily incidents, encompassing 0.16 violent crimes and 2.78 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Burlingame as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Burlingame Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Burlingame. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Burlingame has decreased by 12%. Violent crimes have decreased by 11.9%, while property crimes have decreased by 12%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Burlingame

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Burlingame currently has an unemployment rate of 2.8%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

Burlingame has a population density of 6845 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Burlingame crime rates.

In Burlingame, the median home price stands at $2,000,001, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Burlingame crime map

The Burlingame crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Burlingame 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 Burlingame crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Burlingame 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

      • Burlingame crime rates are 59% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Burlingame are 45% lower than the national average
      • In Burlingame you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Burlingame is safer than 32% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Burlingame has decreased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Burlingame (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Burlingame, California is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Burlingame are 1.30 times more than the California average and 1.59 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Burlingame are 2.46 times less than than California and 1.82 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Burlingame are 1.49 times more than than California and 1.79 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Burlingame (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Burlingame in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Burlingame safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Burlingame being safer than 55% of cities in California and 32% 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 Burlingame. In conclusion, Burlingame ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Burlingame

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Burlingame is 1 in 492
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Burlingame is 1 in 29
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Burlingame is 1 in 28
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Burlingame, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 492. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 29 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 Burlingame is 1 in 28.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Burlingame is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Burlingame has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 6% in Burlingame, while property crimes in Burlingame have decreased by 6%. Total crime has decreased by 6% year over year.

        Burlingame police department

        Item Burlingame California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)5351,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.83.63.3
        There are a total of 53 Burlingame police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 50.1% less than the California average and 44.6% less 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
        Ladera, CA1,38570329399
        Montara, CA2,83378368446
        Moss Beach, CA3,43695446542
        West Menlo Park, CA3,72095446542
        Emerald Lake Hills, CA4,893130609738
        Highlands-Baywood Park, CA4,261130609738
        Hillsborough, CA11,60847768815
        Burlingame, CA30,0712033,4933,696

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Fitchburg, WI30,0323081,3241,632
        Newington, CT30,1141352,5072,642
        San Lorenzo, CA30,1175242,4552,979
        Lawrenceville, GA30,1253721,9562,329
        Madison Heights, MI30,0002421,9052,148
        Burlingame, CA30,0712033,4933,696
        Source: The Burlingame, 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.