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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 peopleMountain View/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime12n/a (estimate)2,2603,6402,324
Violent crime3n/a (estimate)565493370
Vehicle theft3n/a565.0785.7282.7
Property crime9n/a (estimate)1,6953,1481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Mountain View, CO

The Mountain View crime rates are 2.8% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 3 violent crimes in Mountain View (565 per 100,000 people), which is 52.8% higher than the national average and there were a total of 9 property crimes (1695 per 100,000 residents) which is 13.3% lower than average.

When assessing the total crime rate in Mountain View per 100,000 people, it stands in the median range among all cities with reported crime data. Our analysis of total incidents, encompassing both violent and property crimes within Mountain View, underscores the close alignment of reported crime rates with the national average as reported by other areas.

During the most recently reported crime year, Mountain View experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

Recently, vehicle thefts have seen an upward trend across the United States, and Mountain View ranks among the cities with the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. Last year, there were 3 vehicle thefts, amounting to 565 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Mountain View within the worst 10% of all cities, indicating that 90% of cities fare better in terms of vehicle theft rates. The likelihood of your vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 177.

Is Mountain View a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Mountain View is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Mountain View has a total crime rate that is 3% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.03 daily crimes (0.01 violent daily crimes and 0.02 daily property crimes) in Mountain View.

Has Crime in Mountain View Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Mountain View has increased by 9.1%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Mountain View, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 200%, while property crime has increased by 10%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Mountain View is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Mountain View

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Mountain View currently has an unemployment rate of 1.8%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

Mountain View has a population density of 6076.6 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Mountain View crime rates.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Mountain View, 83.5% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

Mountain View crime map

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

  • Mountain View crime rates are 3% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Mountain View are 53% higher than the national average
  • In Mountain View you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Mountain View is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Mountain View has increased by 14%

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        Daily Crime In Mountain View (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Mountain View

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Mountain View is 1 in 177
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Mountain View is 1 in 59
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Mountain View is 1 in 45

        Year Over Year Crime In Mountain View (per 100,000 people)

        Mountain View police department

        Item Mountain View Colorado National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)79,049558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents13.59.63.3
        There are a total of 7 Mountain View police officers. This results in 13.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 41.2% greater than the Colorado average and 314.8% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Colorado

        State Total offenders Colorado /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 11,204 sex offenders in Colorado. This yields a total of 251 sex offenders in Colorado per 100,000 residents which is 6% 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
        Bow Mar, CO96969442511
        Columbine Valley, CO1,49869442511
        Inverness, CO1,86369442511
        Todd Creek, CO4,63594600693
        Genesee, CO4,09994600693
        Kittredge, CO95497622720
        Holly Hills, CO2,815124795919
        Mountain View, CO5655651,6952,260

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        Richmond, LA5656812,9763,657
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        Source: The Mountain View, CO 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.