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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 peopleMurrieta/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,742n/a (estimate)1,5192,8432,324
Violent crime314n/a (estimate)274500370
Vehicle theft226n/a197.1471.9282.7
Property crime1,428n/a (estimate)1,2452,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Murrieta, CA

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Murrieta is 34.6% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 314 violent crimes reported in Murrieta, equivalent to 274 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 25.9%. Additionally, Murrieta recorded 1428 property crimes, amounting to 1245 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 36.3%.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Murrieta?

AreaVibes surveyed 74 local residents in Murrieta to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 89% of people answered that there was very little crime in Murrieta and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 11% 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 Murrieta a Safe Place to Live?

Is Murrieta 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, Murrieta has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 35%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 4.77 daily incidents, encompassing 0.86 violent crimes and 3.91 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Murrieta as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Murrieta Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Murrieta. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Murrieta has increased by 34%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 230.5%, while property crime has increased by 18.5%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Murrieta.

Potential Causes for Crime in Murrieta

Murrieta reports an unemployment rate of 4.4%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Murrieta crime rates.

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Murrieta crime rates. For instance, in Murrieta, the population density stands at 3393.6 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Murrieta, the cost of living is 32.76% higher than the national average.

Murrieta crime map

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

      • Murrieta crime rates are 35% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Murrieta are 26% lower than the national average
      • In Murrieta you have a 1 in 66 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Murrieta is safer than 45% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Murrieta has increased by 37%

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        Daily Crime In Murrieta (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Murrieta, CA per 100,000 people. In Murrieta, the total number of daily crimes is 1.87 times less than the California average and 1.53 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Murrieta is 1.82 times less than the California average and 1.35 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Murrieta has a daily crime rate that is 1.88 times less than the California average and 1.57 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Murrieta (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is Murrieta safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Murrieta is safer than 73% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Murrieta is safer than 45% 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 Murrieta. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Murrieta is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Murrieta

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Murrieta is 1 in 366
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Murrieta is 1 in 81
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Murrieta is 1 in 66
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Murrieta? In Murrieta, you have a 1 in 366 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 81. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Murrieta, CA is 1 in 66.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Murrieta 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 Murrieta has increased by 238% and the rate of property crime in Murrieta has increased by 22%. The total crime rate in Murrieta has increased by 37% year to year.

        Murrieta police department

        Item Murrieta California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)12551,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.23.63.3
        There are a total of 125 Murrieta police officers. This results in 1.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 67.6% less than the California average and 64% 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
        Canyon Lake, CA11,237116676792
        Rainbow, CA2,2111818491,030
        Pala, CA1,0942151,0061,221
        Warm Springs, CA1,4452591,2121,470
        Romoland, CA2,7552591,2161,475
        Menifee, CA92,9682901,3721,662
        Meadowbrook, CA4,2083061,4321,738
        Murrieta, CA114,0662741,2451,519

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        El Monte, CA113,9173841,8692,253
        North Charleston, SC113,8809424,8055,748
        Palm Bay, FL113,7513862,3312,717
        Spring Hill, FL113,7423792,2902,669
        Carlsbad, CA114,4112091,7721,980
        Murrieta, CA114,0662741,2451,519
        Source: The Murrieta, 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.