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Total crime 20%
Violent crime 15%
Property crime 27%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleEl Centro/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,327n/a (estimate)2,9952,7722,489
Murder3n/a6.84.35.0
Rape9n/a20.337.542.6
Robbery41n/a92.5132.481.6
Assault90n/a203.1267.1250.2
Violent crime143n/a (estimate)323441379
Burglary228n/a514.6386.1340.5
Theft861n/a1,943.41,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft95n/a214.4358.8219.9
Property crime1,184n/a (estimate)2,6732,3312,110

Key findings

  • El Centro crime rates are 20% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in El Centro are 15% lower than the national average
  • In El Centro you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • El Centro is safer than 25% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in El Centro has decreased by 24%

El Centro crime map

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

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

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in El Centro, per 100,000 residents. In El Centro, the total number of daily crimes is 1.08 times more than the California average and 1.20 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in El Centro are 1.37 times less than the California average and 1.18 times less than the national average. For property crime, El Centro has a daily crime rate that is 1.15 times more than the California average and 1.27 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is El Centro (higher is better)

      How safe is El Centro, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that El Centro is safer than 31% of the cities in California and 25% 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 El Centro. Overall, El Centro is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in El Centro

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in El Centro is 1 in 310
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in El Centro is 1 in 38
      The chance of being a victim of crime in El Centro is 1 in 34
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in El Centro? In El Centro, you have a 1 in 310 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 38. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in El Centro, CA is 1 in 34.

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

      Determining whether El Centro is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. El Centro violent crime rates have increased by 15%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 27% year over year. Total crimes for El Centro has decreased by 24% in the same time frame.

      El Centro police department

      ItemEl CentroCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7251,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.63.63.3
      There are a total of 72 El Centro police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 54.3% less than the California average and 49.3% 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
      Imperial, CA16,58328310337
      Holtville, CA6,2302071,0331,240
      Seeley, CA1,6262481,3091,556
      Calexico, CA39,7502332,2172,450
      Brawley, CA25,7764592,3432,801
      Heber, CA4,2874582,4222,880
      El Centro, CA43,6993232,6732,995

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Lompoc, CA43,6786802,4693,148
      North Miami Beach, FL43,7226033,3823,984
      Oakland Park, FL43,6606413,8604,501
      Danville, CA43,75851658709
      Pittsfield, MA43,6327101,8832,593
      El Centro, CA43,6993232,6732,995
      Source: The El Centro, 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.