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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 peopleEl Monte/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,359n/a (estimate)2,2532,8432,324
Violent crime402n/a (estimate)384500370
Vehicle theft524n/a500.5471.9282.7
Property crime1,957n/a (estimate)1,8692,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in El Monte, CA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the El Monte crime rate is lower than the national average by 3.1%. Specifically, there were 402 violent crimes in El Monte, equivalent to 384 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 3.8%. Furthermore, El Monte recorded 1957 property crimes, amounting to 1869 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 4.4%.

When assessing the total crime rate in El Monte per 100,000 people, it stands in the median range among all cities with reported crime data. Our analysis of total incidents, encompassing both violent and property crimes within El Monte, underscores the close alignment of reported crime rates with the national average as reported by other areas.

El Monte exhibits a violent crime rate that closely echoes the national average reported by all cities, with 384 incidents per 100,000 people, in line with the nationwide figure of 370. This uniformity underscores El Monte as a community where safety standards align seamlessly with the broader national context, delivering residents a steadfast and dependable sense of security.

El Monte maintains a property crime rate that closely resembles the national norm. In El Monte, 1869 property crimes were reported, aligning with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. Consequently, the area's safety profile stands on par with the average city, neither significantly safer nor more dangerous. This consistency underscores a balanced commitment to community safety and security, providing residents with a stable and reassuring living environment.

The occurrence of vehicle thefts has been increasing nationwide, and El Monte faces one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the United States. In the latest reported crime year, there were a reported 524 vehicle thefts, translating to 501 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places El Monte in the bottom 10% among all cities, signifying that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing a vehicle theft is 1 in 200.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in El Monte?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of El Monte residents. Out of the respondents (34 in total), 32% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in El Monte were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 68% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is El Monte a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in El Monte, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. El Monte presents a total crime rate that is 3% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, El Monte experiences an average of 6.46 daily crimes, comprising 1.1 violent incidents and 5.36 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in El Monte 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 El Monte 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 El Monte has increased by 11.1% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 15.5% and property crime has increased by 10.3%.

Potential Causes for Crime in El Monte

The effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing initiatives can influence crime rates. A strong and collaborative relationship between the police and the community can deter criminal activity and improve safety. In El Monte, there are 1.4 police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 3.25. The effectiveness of law enforcement often depends on community policing strategies that emphasize building trust and cooperation between the police and the community. It's not just about the number of officers but also how they engage with the community.

The median home price in El Monte is $480,100, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

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 El Monte, the average monthly rent stands at $1,351, while the national average is $949 per month.

El Monte crime map

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

  • El Monte crime rates are 3% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in El Monte are 4% higher than the national average
  • In El Monte you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • El Monte is safer than 27% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in El Monte has increased by 23%

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

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in El Monte, CA per 100,000 people. In El Monte, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.26 times less than the California average and 1.03 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in El Monte is 1.30 times less than the California average and 1.04 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, El Monte has a daily crime rate that is 1.25 times less than the California average and 1.05 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is El Monte (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is El Monte safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that El Monte is safer than 46% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, El Monte is safer than 27% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all California and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than El Monte. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that El Monte is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in El Monte

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in El Monte is 1 in 261
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in El Monte is 1 in 54
        The chance of being a victim of crime in El Monte is 1 in 45
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In El Monte, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 261. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 54 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 El Monte is 1 in 45.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in El Monte, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in El Monte has increased by 28%, while the property crime rate in El Monte has increased by 22% year over year. Summing up the numbers, El Monte has increased by 23% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        El Monte police department

        Item El Monte California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)16151,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.43.63.3
        There are a total of 161 El Monte police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 61.4% less than the California average and 57.1% 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
        San Pasqual, CA2,03878368446
        Rose Hills, CA2,619113527640
        Sierra Madre, CA10,829939091,002
        East Pasadena, CA6,0251798381,017
        Bradbury, CA82501,0251,025
        Yorba Linda, CA68,103539961,050
        La Habra Heights, CA5,318551,0491,104
        El Monte, CA113,9173841,8692,253

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        North Charleston, SC113,8809424,8055,748
        Murrieta, CA114,0662741,2451,519
        Palm Bay, FL113,7513862,3312,717
        Spring Hill, FL113,7423792,2902,669
        Carlsbad, CA114,4112091,7721,980
        El Monte, CA113,9173841,8692,253
        Source: The El Monte, 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.