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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 peopleLancaster/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,595n/a (estimate)2,7442,8432,324
Violent crime1,453n/a (estimate)868500370
Vehicle theft1,064n/a635.3471.9282.7
Property crime3,142n/a (estimate)1,8762,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Lancaster, CA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Lancaster is 18% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Lancaster, there were 1453 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 868 per 100,000 individuals, 134.6% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 3142 property crimes, amounting to 1876 per 100,000 residents, 4% lower than the U.S. average.

With a violent crime rate of 868 crimes per 100,000 residents, Lancaster is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, Lancaster ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 116 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

Lancaster exhibits a property crime rate closely aligned with the national average. There were 1876 reported property crimes, which closely matches the national average of 1954 per 100,000 people. Consequently, the area's safety profile mirrors that of an average city, neither notably safer nor more dangerous than the norm. This balance suggests that Lancaster maintains a consistent approach to property crime prevention in line with the broader national landscape.

Vehicle thefts across all of America are on the rise and Lancaster has one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. In the most recent crime report, Lancaster reported 1064 vehicle thefts, which equates to 635 stolen vehicles per 100,000 people. This falls in the bottom 10% of all cities, meaning that 90% of cities have better vehicle theft rates. The chance of having your vehicle stolen in Lancaster is 1 in 158.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Lancaster?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Lancaster residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 128 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 27% of Lancaster residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 73% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Lancaster a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Lancaster 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 Lancaster crime rate is 18% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 12.59 crimes per day - 3.98 violent crimes and 8.61 property crimes.

Has Crime in Lancaster Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Lancaster has increased by 18.2%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Lancaster, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 21.3%, while property crime has increased by 16.8%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Lancaster is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Lancaster

In Lancaster, the cost of living is 12.71% higher than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

Lancaster has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 0 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.25 nationwide. Crime rates are profoundly influenced by the effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing endeavors. A resilient and cooperative partnership between law enforcement agencies and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, ultimately enhancing safety. The efficacy of law enforcement extends beyond mere numbers and extends into the realm of community policing strategies, emphasizing the cultivation of trust and collaboration between officers and the community. It is not merely a matter of quantity but the quality of engagement with the community that matters most.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Lancaster stands at $280,300, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Lancaster crime map

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

      • Lancaster crime rates are 18% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Lancaster are 135% higher than the national average
      • In Lancaster you have a 1 in 37 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Lancaster is safer than 8% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Lancaster has increased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Lancaster (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Lancaster, California is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Lancaster are 1.04 times less than the California average and 1.18 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Lancaster are 1.74 times more than than California and 2.35 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Lancaster are 1.25 times less than than California and 1.04 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Lancaster (higher is better)

        Is Lancaster safe in comparison to other cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Lancaster to other cities in the state and across the country, Lancaster is 13% safer than other cities of California and 8% safer than other cities in the nation. Lancaster has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Lancaster

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Lancaster is 1 in 116
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Lancaster is 1 in 54
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Lancaster is 1 in 37
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Lancaster? In Lancaster, you have a 1 in 116 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 54. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Lancaster, CA is 1 in 37.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Lancaster, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Lancaster has increased by 14%, while the property crime rate in Lancaster has increased by 10% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Lancaster has increased by 11% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Lancaster police department

        Item Lancaster 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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Leona Valley, CA1,672147689836
        Agua Dulce, CA3,494153716869
        Elizabeth Lake, CA1,6322221,0391,261
        Littlerock, CA9482771,3001,577
        Desert View Highlands, CA3,2592921,3691,661
        Acton, CA7,0543321,5561,889
        Palmdale, CA153,2405571,5502,107
        Lancaster, CA157,6978681,8762,744

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Alexandria, VA158,3091861,9522,138
        Hayward, CA158,8173572,9013,258
        Salinas, CA156,1775211,6772,198
        Clarksville, TN156,0924981,9992,497
        Lakewood, CO155,7338145,3246,137
        Lancaster, CA157,6978681,8762,744
        Source: The Lancaster, 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.