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Total crime 3%
Violent crime 29%
Property crime 1%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleEl Cajon/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,784n/a (estimate)2,6642,8282,580
Murder5n/a4.84.45.0
Rape31n/a29.739.242.6
Robbery191n/a182.8137.386.2
Assault288n/a275.6266.5246.8
Violent crime515n/a (estimate)493447381
Burglary353n/a337.8416.2376.0
Theft1,544n/a1,477.61,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft372n/a356.0392.4228.9
Property crime2,269n/a (estimate)2,1712,3802,200

Key findings

  • El Cajon crime rates are 3% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in El Cajon are 29% higher than the national average
  • In El Cajon you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • El Cajon is safer than 21% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in El Cajon has increased by 1%

El Cajon crime map

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The El Cajon crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in El Cajon 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 El Cajon crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In El Cajon (per 100,000 people)

      The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in El Cajon for every 100,000 residents. The El Cajon total amount of daily crime is 1.06 times less than the California average and 1.03 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in El Cajon, is 1.10 times more than the California average, and it is 1.29 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that El Cajon has a daily crime average that is 1.10 times less than the California average and 1.01 times less than the daily national rate.

      How Safe is El Cajon (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in El Cajon in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is El Cajon safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show El Cajon being safer than 25% of cities in California and 21% 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 El Cajon. In conclusion, El Cajon ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in El Cajon

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in El Cajon is 1 in 203
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in El Cajon is 1 in 47
      The chance of being a victim of crime in El Cajon is 1 in 38
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in El Cajon, California? If you reside in El Cajon, then there is a 1 in 203 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 47. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 38 risk that you will become a victim of crime in El Cajon.

      Year Over Year Crime In El Cajon (per 100,000 people)

      The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for El Cajon is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in El Cajon has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 20% in El Cajon, while property crimes in El Cajon have decreased by 3%. Total crime has increased by 1% year over year.

      El Cajon police department

      ItemEl CajonCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)18151,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.83.63.3
      There are a total of 181 El Cajon police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 50.8% less than the California average and 45.4% 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

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Fairbanks Ranch, CA2,86470373443
      Granite Hills, CA3,07199526625
      Poway, CA49,6751291,0111,140
      Crest, CA2,7331829671,149
      Coronado, CA24,852731,2821,356
      Jamul, CA5,6402281,2111,439
      Spring Valley CDP (Lake County), CA1,1542411,2851,527
      El Cajon, CA102,8944932,1712,664

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      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Spring Hill, FL102,9295633,3373,900
      Lakeland, FL102,7143293,1173,447
      Rialto, CA102,4185212,9163,438
      Columbia, MD103,4393941,7092,104
      Lewisville, TX102,3272562,2282,483
      El Cajon, CA102,8944932,1712,664
      Source: The El Cajon, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.