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Total crime 4%
Violent crime 47%
Property crime 4%
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleNational City/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,511n/a (estimate)2,4492,5812,346
Murder4n/a6.55.66.5
Rape19n/a30.834.238.4
Robbery99n/a160.4113.673.9
Assault229n/a371.1288.7279.7
Violent crime351n/a (estimate)569442388
Burglary139n/a225.2369.7314.2
Theft760n/a1,231.61,341.71,398.0
Vehicle theft261n/a422.9427.6246.0
Property crime1,160n/a (estimate)1,8802,1391,958

Key findings

  • National City crime rates are 4% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in National City are 47% higher than the national average
  • In National City you have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • National City is safer than 18% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in National City has increased by 2%

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

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      Daily Crime In National City (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in National City, CA per 100,000 people. In National City, the total number of daily crimes is 1.05 times less than the California average and 1.04 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in National City is 1.29 times more than the California average and 1.47 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, National City has a daily crime rate that is 1.14 times less than the California average and 1.04 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is National City (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in National City in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is National City safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show National City being safer than 21% of cities in California and 18% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking California cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to National City. In conclusion, National City ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in National City

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in National City is 1 in 176
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in National City is 1 in 54
      The chance of being a victim of crime in National City is 1 in 41
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In National City, California you have a 1 in 176 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 54 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of crime in National City.

      Year Over Year Crime In National City (per 100,000 people)

      An ideal indicator of whether National City 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 National City has decreased by 3% and the rate of property crime in National City has increased by 3%. The total crime rate in National City has increased by 2% year to year.

      National City police department

      ItemNational CityCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)11051,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.83.63.3
      There are a total of 110 National City police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 49.2% less than the California average and 43.5% 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

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Granite Hills, CA3,07198473571
      Crest, CA2,7331808691,049
      Santee, CA56,8392857711,056
      Coronado, CA24,852721,1241,196
      Jamul, CA5,6402251,0891,314
      Imperial Beach, CA27,1803451,0271,372
      Spring Valley CDP (Lake County), CA1,1542391,1551,394
      National City, CA60,3495691,8802,449

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Auburn, AL60,3183662,1292,494
      Cupertino, CA60,2971161,3991,515
      Bristol, CT60,4371151,2791,394
      Taylorsville, UT60,4483303,1123,442
      Palm Harbor, FL60,2363741,7222,096
      National City, CA60,3495691,8802,449
      Source: The National City, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.