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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 peopleLynwood/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,129n/a (estimate)3,3192,8432,324
Violent crime514n/a (estimate)801500370
Vehicle theft759n/a1,183.3471.9282.7
Property crime1,615n/a (estimate)2,5182,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Lynwood, CA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Lynwood is 42.8% 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 Lynwood, there were 514 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 801 per 100,000 individuals, 116.7% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 1615 property crimes, amounting to 2518 per 100,000 residents, 28.8% higher than the U.S. average.

Lynwood ranks among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting violent crime, earning its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous areas. With a violent crime rate of 801 per 100,000 people, Lynwood is considered one of the most unsafe cities in America. This statistic translates to a 1 in 125 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Lynwood, underscoring the need for increased safety measures and community engagement to improve the city's security.

Although the murder rates in America have decreased steadily since 1990, over the last few years there has been an uptick. Lynwood has one of the highest murder rates in the country when compared to all other cities that reported crime in the U.S. There were a total of 8 murders in Lynwood, which is 12 murders per 100,000 people.

The surge in vehicle thefts is a concerning trend across the United States, and Lynwood is no exception, experiencing one of the nation's highest vehicle theft rates. Last year, Lynwood reported a total of 759 vehicle thefts, resulting in 1183 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 85, underscoring the need for heightened vigilance and security measures.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Lynwood?

What do the local residents think about crime in Lynwood? Well, based on a recent survey of 40 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 45% of Lynwood residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 55% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Lynwood a Safe Place to Live?

Is Lynwood 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, Lynwood has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 43%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 5.83 daily incidents, encompassing 1.41 violent crimes and 4.42 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Lynwood as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Lynwood Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Lynwood. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Lynwood has increased by 9.1%. Violent crimes have increased by 16.6%, while property crimes have increased by 6.9%. 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 Lynwood

Lynwood reports an unemployment rate of 5.8%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Lynwood crime rates.

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 Lynwood crime rates. The population density in Lynwood is 14383.3 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

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 Lynwood stands at $422,200, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Lynwood crime map

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

  • Lynwood crime rates are 43% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Lynwood are 117% higher than the national average
  • In Lynwood you have a 1 in 31 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Lynwood is safer than 8% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Lynwood has increased by 19%

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        Daily Crime In Lynwood (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Lynwood, per 100,000 residents. In Lynwood, the total number of daily crimes is 1.17 times more than the California average and 1.43 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Lynwood are 1.60 times more than the California average and 2.17 times more than the national average. For property crime, Lynwood has a daily crime rate that is 1.07 times more than the California average and 1.29 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Lynwood (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is Lynwood safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Lynwood is safer than 12% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Lynwood is safer than 8% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all California and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Lynwood. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Lynwood is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Lynwood

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Lynwood is 1 in 125
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Lynwood is 1 in 40
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Lynwood is 1 in 31
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Lynwood? In Lynwood, CA you have a 1 in 125 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 40 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 31 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Lynwood.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Lynwood is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Lynwood has increased by 27% and the rate of property crime in Lynwood has increased by 17%. The total crime rate in Lynwood has increased by 19% year to year.

        Lynwood police department

        Item Lynwood 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
        San Pasqual, CA2,03878368446
        Rolling Hills, CA1,4390480480
        Rose Hills, CA2,619113527640
        Ladera Heights, CA6,419163762925
        Marina del Rey, CA10,065175822998
        East Pasadena, CA6,0251798381,017
        Rossmoor, CA11,9231908931,083
        Lynwood, CA69,6258012,5183,319

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Marysville, WA69,6292541,7371,990
        Greenville, SC69,6485423,6774,219
        Glen Burnie, MD69,6495372,2062,743
        Passaic, NJ69,7895432,0092,552
        Broomfield, CO69,4441472,6182,765
        Lynwood, CA69,6258012,5183,319
        Source: The Lynwood, 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.