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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property 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 peopleOrinda/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime136n/a (estimate)7002,8432,324
Violent crime11n/a (estimate)57500370
Vehicle theft14n/a72.0471.9282.7
Property crime125n/a (estimate)6432,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Orinda, CA

The Orinda crime rates are 69.9% 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 11 violent crimes in Orinda (57 per 100,000 people), which is 84.7% lower than the national average and there were a total of 125 property crimes (643 per 100,000 residents) which is 67.1% lower than average.

With a crime rate of 700, significantly below the national average of 2324, Orinda stands out as one of the safest places to reside in the United States. This distinction is primarily attributed to the calculation of total crimes, which encompasses both violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Orinda shines as one of the safest cities in the United States, thanks to its remarkably low rate of only 57 violent incidents per 100,000 residents. This impressive safety record has made Orinda an attractive choice for individuals seeking a secure and hospitable community to call home.

In the latest reported crime year, Orinda recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

Property crime rates per 100,000 people have declined steadily since 1990, but did see a slight increase in recent years. Based on the most recent crime data, Orinda has a property crime rate of 643 crimes per 100,000 people, which is far below the national average of 1954. This is a good indicator that Orinda is a safe place to live.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Orinda?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Orinda residents. Out of the respondents (18 in total), 83% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Orinda were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 17% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Orinda a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Orinda, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Orinda presents a total crime rate that is 70% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Orinda experiences an average of 0.37 daily crimes, comprising 0.03 violent incidents and 0.34 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Orinda Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Orinda has didn't change by 0% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Orinda is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 83.3%, while property crime has didn't change by 3.9%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Orinda.

Potential Causes for Crime in Orinda

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Orinda crime rate. The poverty level in Orinda is 2.3%, while the national average is 15.1%.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Orinda, the cost of living is 137.65% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

In Orinda, the median home price stands at $1,515,500, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Orinda crime map

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

  • Orinda crime rates are 70% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Orinda are 85% lower than the national average
  • In Orinda you have a 1 in 143 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Orinda is safer than 91% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Orinda has increased by 4%

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        Daily Crime In Orinda (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Orinda for every 100,000 residents. The Orinda total amount of daily crime is 4.06 times less than the California average and 3.32 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Orinda, is 8.83 times less than the California average, and it is 6.54 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Orinda has a daily crime average that is 3.64 times less than the California average and 3.04 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Orinda (higher is better)

        Is Orinda 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 Orinda to other cities in the state and across the country, Orinda is 99% safer than other cities of California and 91% safer than other cities in the nation. Orinda has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Orinda

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Orinda is 1 in 1768
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Orinda is 1 in 156
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Orinda is 1 in 143
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Orinda, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 1768. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 156 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Orinda is 1 in 143.

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

        A good indicator of whether Orinda 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 Orinda has increased by 90%, while the property crime rate in Orinda has not changed year over year. The number of total crimes in Orinda has increased by 4% year over year.

        Orinda police department

        Item Orinda California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a51,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a3.63.3

        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.

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        Source: The Orinda, 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.