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Total crime 54%
Violent crime 74%
Property crime 51%
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 peopleFoster City/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime411n/a (estimate)1,1752,8282,580
Murder0n/a0.04.45.0
Rape6n/a17.139.242.6
Robbery5n/a14.3137.386.2
Assault24n/a68.6266.5246.8
Violent crime35n/a (estimate)100447381
Burglary59n/a168.6416.2376.0
Theft300n/a857.31,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft17n/a48.6392.4228.9
Property crime376n/a (estimate)1,0752,3802,200

Key findings

  • Foster City crime rates are 54% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Foster City are 74% lower than the national average
  • In Foster City you have a 1 in 86 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Foster City is safer than 74% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Foster City has increased by 4%

Foster City crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Foster City (per 100,000 people)

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Foster City, California is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Foster City are 2.41 times less than the California average and 2.20 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Foster City are 4.47 times less than than California and 3.81 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Foster City are 2.22 times less than than California and 2.05 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Foster City (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Foster City to every other city in California, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Foster City safe? The gauges above illustrate that Foster City is safer than 91% of every city located within California along with 74% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in California and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Foster City, CA is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Foster City

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Foster City is 1 in 1000
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Foster City is 1 in 94
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Foster City is 1 in 86
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Foster City? In Foster City, you have a 1 in 1000 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 94. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Foster City, CA is 1 in 86.

      Year Over Year Crime In Foster City (per 100,000 people)

      A good indicator of whether Foster City is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Foster City has decreased by 19%, while the property crime rate in Foster City has increased by 7% year over year. The number of total crimes in Foster City has increased by 4% year over year.

      Foster City police department

      ItemFoster CityCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)4851,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.53.63.3
      There are a total of 48 Foster City police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 57.5% less than the California average and 52.7% 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
      Norris Canyon, CA1,04663334397
      Ladera, CA1,51463334397
      Montara, CA2,89570373443
      West Menlo Park, CA3,83085453538
      Loyola, CA3,42585453538
      Moss Beach, CA3,70685453538
      Los Altos Hills, CA8,37681555635
      Foster City, CA32,9671001,0751,175

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      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Socorro, TX32,988131731862
      Newark, DE32,9412921,9502,242
      Lexington, MA32,93623332355
      Ken Caryl, CO32,8833682,4742,842
      Copperas Cove, TX33,0524371,9202,357
      Foster City, CA32,9671001,0751,175
      Source: The Foster City, 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.