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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 peopleMission Viejo/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,104n/a (estimate)1,2082,8432,324
Violent crime83n/a (estimate)91500370
Vehicle theft103n/a112.7471.9282.7
Property crime1,021n/a (estimate)1,1172,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Mission Viejo, CA

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Mission Viejo crime rate is 48% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Mission Viejo, there were 83 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 91 per 100,000 individuals, 75.4% lower than the national average. Additionally, Mission Viejo recorded 1021 property crimes, amounting to 1117 per 100,000 residents, 42.8% lower than the U.S. average.

Mission Viejo distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 91 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Mission Viejo among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Mission Viejo?

AreaVibes surveyed 30 local residents in Mission Viejo to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 87% of people answered that there was very little crime in Mission Viejo and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 13% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Mission Viejo a Safe Place to Live?

Is Mission Viejo 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, Mission Viejo has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 48%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 3.02 daily incidents, encompassing 0.23 violent crimes and 2.8 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Mission Viejo as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Mission Viejo Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Mission Viejo crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Mission Viejo has increased by 19.5% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 16.9% and property crime has increased by 19.7%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Mission Viejo

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Mission Viejo, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 2.7%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Mission Viejo 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 Mission Viejo stands at $732,100, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Mission Viejo crime map

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

      • Mission Viejo crime rates are 48% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Mission Viejo are 75% lower than the national average
      • In Mission Viejo you have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Mission Viejo is safer than 71% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Mission Viejo has increased by 24%

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        Daily Crime In Mission Viejo (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Mission Viejo for every 100,000 residents. The Mission Viejo total amount of daily crime is 2.35 times less than the California average and 1.92 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Mission Viejo, is 5.50 times less than the California average, and it is 4.07 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Mission Viejo has a daily crime average that is 2.10 times less than the California average and 1.75 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Mission Viejo (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is Mission Viejo safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Mission Viejo is safer than 91% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Mission Viejo is safer than 71% 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 Mission Viejo. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Mission Viejo is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Mission Viejo

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Mission Viejo is 1 in 1101
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Mission Viejo is 1 in 90
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Mission Viejo is 1 in 83
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Mission Viejo, California you have a 1 in 1101 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 90 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Mission Viejo.

        Year Over Year Crime In Mission Viejo (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Mission Viejo, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Mission Viejo has increased by 21%, while the property crime rate in Mission Viejo has increased by 24% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Mission Viejo has increased by 24% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Mission Viejo police department

        Item Mission Viejo 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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        Mission Viejo, CA95,638911,1171,208

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Brockton, MA95,7406471,7302,376
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        Source: The Mission Viejo, 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.