Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleMadera/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,442n/a (estimate)2,0782,8432,324
Violent crime320n/a (estimate)461500370
Vehicle theft242n/a348.7471.9282.7
Property crime1,122n/a (estimate)1,6172,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Madera, CA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Madera is 10.6% lower 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 Madera, there were 320 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 461 per 100,000 individuals, 24.7% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 1122 property crimes, amounting to 1617 per 100,000 residents, 17.3% lower than the U.S. average.

In terms of the total Madera crime rate per 100,000 people, it falls within the midrange when compared to other cities across the United States. Our analysis of total crimes, encompassing both violent and property offenses in Madera, revealed that the reported crime rates closely align with the nationwide average reported by other areas.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Madera?

What do the local residents think about crime in Madera? Well, based on a recent survey of 32 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 34% of Madera residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 66% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Madera a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Madera, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Madera presents a total crime rate that is 11% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Madera experiences an average of 3.95 daily crimes, comprising 0.88 violent incidents and 3.07 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Madera Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Madera. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Madera has decreased by 0.6%. Violent crimes have increased by 3.2%, while property crimes have decreased by 1.7%. 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 Madera

The economic prosperity of a city's inhabitants exerts substantial influence on crime stats. Elevated poverty rates and income inequality can precipitate heightened criminal activity, as individuals may turn to illicit means to fulfill their fundamental requirements. While lower poverty rates could lead to lower Madera crime rates. In Madera, the poverty rate stands at 26.1%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Madera, 57.1% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

The effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing initiatives can influence crime rates. A strong and collaborative relationship between the police and the community can deter criminal activity and improve safety. In Madera, there are 1.24 police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 3.25. The effectiveness of law enforcement often depends on community policing strategies that emphasize building trust and cooperation between the police and the community. It's not just about the number of officers but also how they engage with the community.

Madera crime map

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

      • Madera crime rates are 11% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Madera are 25% higher than the national average
      • In Madera you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Madera is safer than 24% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Madera has decreased by 5%

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        Daily Crime In Madera (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Madera for every 100,000 residents. The Madera total amount of daily crime is 1.37 times less than the California average and 1.12 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Madera, is 1.08 times less than the California average, and it is 1.25 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Madera has a daily crime average that is 1.45 times less than the California average and 1.21 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Madera (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Madera in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Madera safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Madera being safer than 41% of cities in California and 24% 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 Madera. In conclusion, Madera ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Madera

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Madera is 1 in 217
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Madera is 1 in 62
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Madera is 1 in 49
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Madera, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 217. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 62 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Madera is 1 in 49.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Madera is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Madera has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 1% in Madera, while property crimes in Madera have decreased by 6%. Total crime has decreased by 5% year over year.

        Madera police department

        Item Madera California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7851,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.23.63.3
        There are a total of 78 Madera police officers. This results in 1.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 65.6% less than the California average and 61.8% 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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Fairmead, CA1,1332311,0841,315
        Biola, CA1,4402811,3151,596
        Chowchilla, CA18,4436201,0001,620
        Parkwood, CA2,3943141,4701,784
        Parksdale, CA2,7253811,7852,166
        Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos, CA8,4295252,4612,986
        Madera Acres, CA9,9906653,1173,783
        Madera, CA65,5754611,6172,078

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Auburn, AL65,5081311,1601,291
        Lakeville, MN65,71077674751
        Rowlett, TX65,4262361,4851,721
        Eastvale, CA65,7661331,6931,827
        Schenectady, NY65,3367573,4224,179
        Madera, CA65,5754611,6172,078
        Source: The Madera, 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.