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 peopleEncinitas/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,032n/a (estimate)1,6782,8432,324
Violent crime112n/a (estimate)182500370
Vehicle theft106n/a172.4471.9282.7
Property crime920n/a (estimate)1,4962,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Encinitas, 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 Encinitas crime rate is lower than the national average by 27.8%. Specifically, there were 112 violent crimes in Encinitas, equivalent to 182 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 50.7%. Furthermore, Encinitas recorded 920 property crimes, amounting to 1496 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 23.4%.

In the most recently reported crime year, Encinitas registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Encinitas?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Encinitas. Based on the results of the surveys (17 responses), 53% of people felt that there was very little crime in Encinitas and felt safe walking alone at night. While 47% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Encinitas a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Encinitas 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, Encinitas has an overall crime rate that is 28% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 2.83 daily occurrences, comprising 0.31 violent crimes and 2.52 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Encinitas as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Encinitas Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Encinitas. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Encinitas has increased by 27.6%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 15.8%, while property crime has increased by 36.1%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Encinitas.

Potential Causes for Crime in Encinitas

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Encinitas crime rate. The poverty level in Encinitas is 7.2%, while the national average is 15.1%.

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 Encinitas crime rates. Encinitas registers a population density of 3304.4 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Encinitas, 93.4% of residents have graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of a community can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

Encinitas crime map

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

      • Encinitas crime rates are 28% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Encinitas are 51% lower than the national average
      • In Encinitas you have a 1 in 60 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Encinitas is safer than 53% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Encinitas has increased by 31%

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        Daily Crime In Encinitas (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Encinitas, CA per 100,000 people. In Encinitas, the total number of daily crimes is 1.69 times less than the California average and 1.38 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Encinitas is 2.74 times less than the California average and 2.03 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Encinitas has a daily crime rate that is 1.57 times less than the California average and 1.31 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Encinitas (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Encinitas in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Encinitas safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Encinitas being safer than 80% of cities in California and 53% 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 Encinitas. In conclusion, Encinitas ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Encinitas

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Encinitas is 1 in 550
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Encinitas is 1 in 67
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Encinitas is 1 in 60
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Encinitas, California? If you reside in Encinitas, then there is a 1 in 550 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 67. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 60 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Encinitas.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Encinitas, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Encinitas has decreased by 14%, while the property crime rate in Encinitas has increased by 40% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Encinitas has increased by 31% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Encinitas police department

        Item Encinitas California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a51,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a3.63.3

        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.

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        Encinitas, CA62,9671821,4961,678

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        Source: The Encinitas, 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.