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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 peopleGilroy/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,510n/a (estimate)2,6612,8432,324
Violent crime273n/a (estimate)481500370
Vehicle theft372n/a655.6471.9282.7
Property crime1,237n/a (estimate)2,1802,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Gilroy, CA

The Gilroy crime rates are 14.5% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 273 violent crimes in Gilroy (481 per 100,000 people), which is 30.1% higher than the national average and there were a total of 1237 property crimes (2180 per 100,000 residents) which is 11.6% higher than average.

When assessing the overall crime rate in Gilroy 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, underscores the close alignment of reported Gilroy crime rates with the national average as reported by other areas.

During the most recently reported crime year, Gilroy experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

The property crime rate per 100,000 people in Gilroy is very similar to the national average. Gilroy had a property crime rate of 2180, while the national average was 1954. Based on these numbers, you could expect an average amount of property crime in this area.

The surge in vehicle thefts is a concerning trend across the United States, and Gilroy is no exception, experiencing one of the nation's highest vehicle theft rates. Last year, Gilroy reported a total of 372 vehicle thefts, resulting in 656 stolen vehicles per 100,000 people. This places the city in the lowest 10% tier among all cities, indicating that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The probability of a vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 153, underscoring the need for heightened vigilance and security measures.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Gilroy?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Gilroy. Based on the results of the surveys (29 responses), 34% of people felt that there was very little crime in Gilroy and felt safe walking alone at night. While 66% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Gilroy a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Gilroy a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Gilroy crime rate is 15% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 4.14 crimes per day - 0.75 violent crimes and 3.39 property crimes.

Has Crime in Gilroy Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Gilroy. 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 Gilroy has decreased by 14.5%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 5%, while property crime has decreased by 17.9%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Gilroy.

Potential Causes for Crime in Gilroy

Gilroy has a poverty rate of 6.9, while the national average is 15.1. In the past, there has been a direct correlation between high or low poverty rates and high or low crime stats. Elevated poverty levels and income disparities can contribute to heightened criminal activity, as individuals may resort to unlawful means to address their fundamental necessities. While lower poverty levels have led to a reduction in typical crime levels compared to other areas.

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Gilroy crime rates. The population density in Gilroy is 3339.9 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

Gilroy has an average rental rate of $1,929 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Gilroy crime map

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

      • Gilroy crime rates are 14% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Gilroy are 30% higher than the national average
      • In Gilroy you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Gilroy is safer than 20% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Gilroy has decreased by 9%

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        Daily Crime In Gilroy (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Gilroy, CA per 100,000 people. In Gilroy, the total number of daily crimes is 1.07 times less than the California average and 1.14 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Gilroy is 1.04 times less than the California average and 1.30 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Gilroy has a daily crime rate that is 1.07 times less than the California average and 1.12 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Gilroy (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Gilroy to every other city in California, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Gilroy safe? The gauges above illustrate that Gilroy is safer than 31% of every city located within California along with 20% 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, Gilroy, CA is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Gilroy

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Gilroy is 1 in 208
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Gilroy is 1 in 46
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Gilroy is 1 in 38
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Gilroy? In Gilroy, CA you have a 1 in 208 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 46 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Gilroy.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Gilroy, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Gilroy has increased by 12%, while the property crime rate in Gilroy has decreased by 13% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Gilroy has decreased by 9% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Gilroy police department

        Item Gilroy California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)8551,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.73.63.3
        There are a total of 85 Gilroy police officers. This results in 1.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 53% less than the California average and 47.8% 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.

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Corralitos, CA2,26078368446
        La Selva Beach, CA2,54478368446
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        Day Valley, CA3,41495446542
        Ridgemark, CA2,572116543659
        Elkhorn, CA998149698847
        San Martin, CA6,4981778281,004
        Gilroy, CA55,2274812,1802,661

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        Apex, NC55,220551,1441,198
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        Chicopee, MA55,1865451,8672,412
        Kettering, OH55,271511,4081,459
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        Gilroy, CA55,2274812,1802,661
        Source: The Gilroy, 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.