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Total crime 38%
Violent crime 12%
Property crime 43%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleMorro Bay/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime171n/a (estimate)1,5992,8282,580
Murder0n/a0.04.45.0
Rape3n/a28.139.242.6
Robbery4n/a37.4137.386.2
Assault29n/a271.2266.5246.8
Violent crime36n/a (estimate)337447381
Burglary16n/a149.6416.2376.0
Theft113n/a1,056.91,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft6n/a56.1392.4228.9
Property crime135n/a (estimate)1,2632,3802,200

Key findings

  • Morro Bay crime rates are 38% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Morro Bay are 12% lower than the national average
  • In Morro Bay you have a 1 in 63 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Morro Bay is safer than 41% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Morro Bay has decreased by 22%

Morro Bay crime map

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The Morro Bay crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Morro Bay 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 Morro Bay crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Morro Bay (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Morro Bay, per 100,000 residents. In Morro Bay, the total number of daily crimes is 1.77 times less than the California average and 1.61 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Morro Bay are 1.33 times less than the California average and 1.13 times less than the national average. For property crime, Morro Bay has a daily crime rate that is 1.89 times less than the California average and 1.74 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Morro Bay (higher is better)

      Is Morro Bay 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 Morro Bay to other cities in the state and across the country, Morro Bay is 56% safer than other cities of California and 41% safer than other cities in the nation. Morro Bay has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Morro Bay

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Morro Bay is 1 in 298
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Morro Bay is 1 in 80
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Morro Bay is 1 in 63
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Morro Bay? If you reside in Morro Bay, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 298. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 80 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 Morro Bay, is 1 in 63.

      Year Over Year Crime In Morro Bay (per 100,000 people)

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Morro Bay, California (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Morro Bay has increased by 64%, the amount of property crime in Morro Bay has decreased by 31%, and the total amount of crime in Morro Bay has decreased by 22% year over year.

      Morro Bay police department

      ItemMorro BayCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2151,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.03.63.3
      There are a total of 21 Morro Bay police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 44.2% less than the California average and 38% 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
      Los Ranchos, CA1,63063334397
      Avila Beach, CA1,24263334397
      Cayucos, CA2,98780428508
      Santa Margarita, CA1,3461658761,041
      Cambria, CA6,1982441,2971,540
      Atascadero, CA29,5163221,3931,716
      Edna, CA2103321,7682,100
      Morro Bay, CA10,5193371,2631,599

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Harrison, OH10,522171,3551,372
      Bound Brook, NJ10,5121251,1001,226
      Farmington, MI10,526189547736
      Maynard, MA10,526195484679
      Royse City, TX10,5321539841,137
      Morro Bay, CA10,5193371,2631,599
      Source: The Morro Bay, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.