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Total crime 38%
Violent crime 70%
Property crime 32%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleMerced/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,882n/a (estimate)3,4372,7722,489
Murder5n/a6.04.35.0
Rape34n/a40.537.542.6
Robbery103n/a122.8132.481.6
Assault398n/a474.6267.1250.2
Violent crime540n/a (estimate)644441379
Burglary396n/a472.2386.1340.5
Theft1,439n/a1,716.11,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft507n/a604.6358.8219.9
Property crime2,342n/a (estimate)2,7932,3312,110

Key findings

  • Merced crime rates are 38% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Merced are 70% higher than the national average
  • In Merced you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Merced is safer than 11% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Merced has increased by 7%

Merced crime map

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The Merced crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Merced as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Merced crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Merced (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Merced, CA per 100,000 people. In Merced, the total number of daily crimes is 1.24 times more than the California average and 1.38 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Merced is 1.46 times more than the California average and 1.70 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Merced has a daily crime rate that is 1.20 times more than the California average and 1.32 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Merced (higher is better)

      How safe is Merced, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Merced is safer than 12% of the cities in California and 11% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in California and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Merced. Overall, Merced is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Merced

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Merced is 1 in 156
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Merced is 1 in 36
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Merced is 1 in 30
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Merced? If you reside in Merced, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 156. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 36 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 Merced, is 1 in 30.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether Merced 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 Merced has increased by 16% and the rate of property crime in Merced has increased by 5%. The total crime rate in Merced has increased by 7% year to year.

      Merced police department

      ItemMercedCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)11151,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.43.63.3
      There are a total of 111 Merced police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 62.1% less than the California average and 57.8% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in California

      StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /100K
      California79,891232266
      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, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Chowchilla, CA18,1952081,2451,453
      McSwain, CA4,3972401,2701,510
      Le Grand, CA1,7212481,3091,556
      Livingston, CA13,7032742,1572,430
      Planada, CA4,4994582,4222,880
      Franklin CDP (Sacramento County), CA1065703,0123,582
      Snelling, CA1315923,1293,722
      Merced, CA81,4616442,7933,437

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Farmington Hills, MI81,1541079341,041
      Lakewood, CA81,0542772,3032,580
      Warwick, RI81,881941,5341,628
      Palm Coast, FL80,9484672,6533,121
      Cranston, RI80,8821561,3621,518
      Merced, CA81,4616442,7933,437
      Source: The Merced, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.