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Total crime 26%
Violent crime 31%
Property crime 25%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleNovato/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,038n/a (estimate)1,8492,7722,489
Murder0n/a0.04.35.0
Rape6n/a10.737.542.6
Robbery26n/a46.3132.481.6
Assault116n/a206.6267.1250.2
Violent crime148n/a (estimate)264441379
Burglary102n/a181.7386.1340.5
Theft711n/a1,266.61,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft77n/a137.2358.8219.9
Property crime890n/a (estimate)1,5852,3312,110

Key findings

  • Novato crime rates are 26% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Novato are 31% lower than the national average
  • In Novato you have a 1 in 55 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Novato is safer than 44% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Novato has increased by 20%

Novato crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Novato (per 100,000 people)

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Novato, California is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Novato are 1.50 times less than the California average and 1.35 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Novato are 1.67 times less than than California and 1.44 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Novato are 1.47 times less than than California and 1.33 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Novato (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Novato in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Novato safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Novato being safer than 61% of cities in California and 44% 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 Novato. In conclusion, Novato ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Novato

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Novato is 1 in 380
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Novato is 1 in 64
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Novato is 1 in 55
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Novato? In Novato, you have a 1 in 380 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 64. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Novato, CA is 1 in 55.

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

      A good indicator of whether Novato is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Novato has increased by 54%, while the property crime rate in Novato has increased by 16% year over year. The number of total crimes in Novato has increased by 20% year over year.

      Novato police department

      ItemNovatoCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7251,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.43.63.3
      There are a total of 72 Novato police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 62.4% less than the California average and 58.2% 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
      Bolinas, CA1,28162327389
      Woodacre, CA1,54262327389
      Black Point-Green Point, CA1,59262327389
      Temelec, CA1,62766347413
      Sleepy Hollow, CA2,27569366435
      Penngrove, CA2,94069366435
      Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA1,53081426507
      Novato, CA54,7902641,5851,849

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Smyrna, GA54,7882101,4601,670
      Lakewood, NJ54,6791409161,056
      Aloha, OR54,9083483,3503,698
      Hanford, CA54,9124492,1702,619
      Port Arthur, TX54,9136252,1842,808
      Novato, CA54,7902641,5851,849
      Source: The Novato, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.