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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 peopleLaguna Niguel/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime731n/a (estimate)1,1402,8432,324
Violent crime61n/a (estimate)95500370
Vehicle theft75n/a117.0471.9282.7
Property crime670n/a (estimate)1,0452,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Laguna Niguel, CA

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Laguna Niguel is 51% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 61 violent crimes reported in Laguna Niguel, equivalent to 95 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 74.3%. Additionally, Laguna Niguel recorded 670 property crimes, amounting to 1045 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 46.5%.

With only 95 incidents per 100,000 people, Laguna Niguel boasts an exceptionally low rate of violent crimes, positioning it as one of the safest cities in the United States. Given these low violent crime rates, Laguna Niguel has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Laguna Niguel?

What do the local residents think about crime in Laguna Niguel? Well, based on a recent survey of 24 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 58% of Laguna Niguel residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 42% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Laguna Niguel a Safe Place to Live?

Is Laguna Niguel a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Laguna Niguel has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 51%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 2 daily incidents, encompassing 0.17 violent crimes and 1.84 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Laguna Niguel as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Laguna Niguel Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Laguna Niguel. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Laguna Niguel has increased by 17.9%. Violent crimes have increased by 48.8%, while property crimes have increased by 15.7%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Laguna Niguel

In Laguna Niguel, 94.8% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city 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.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Laguna Niguel, the cost of living is 80.32% higher than the national average.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Laguna Niguel, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 0 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Laguna Niguel crime map

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

  • Laguna Niguel crime rates are 51% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Laguna Niguel are 74% lower than the national average
  • In Laguna Niguel you have a 1 in 88 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Laguna Niguel is safer than 72% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Laguna Niguel has increased by 23%

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        Daily Crime In Laguna Niguel (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Laguna Niguel, CA per 100,000 people. In Laguna Niguel, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 2.49 times less than the California average and 2.04 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Laguna Niguel is 5.25 times less than the California average and 3.89 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Laguna Niguel has a daily crime rate that is 2.24 times less than the California average and 1.87 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Laguna Niguel (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Laguna Niguel in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Laguna Niguel safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Laguna Niguel being safer than 91% of cities in California and 72% 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 Laguna Niguel. In conclusion, Laguna Niguel ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Laguna Niguel

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Laguna Niguel is 1 in 1052
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Laguna Niguel is 1 in 96
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Laguna Niguel is 1 in 88
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Laguna Niguel? If you reside in Laguna Niguel, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 1052. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 96 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Laguna Niguel, is 1 in 88.

        Year Over Year Crime In Laguna Niguel (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Laguna Niguel is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Laguna Niguel has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 56% in Laguna Niguel, while property crimes in Laguna Niguel have increased by 21%. Total crime has increased by 23% year over year.

        Laguna Niguel police department

        Item Laguna Niguel 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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        Laguna Niguel, CA65,048951,0451,140

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        Source: The Laguna Niguel, 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.