Annual Crime In Palm Desert (2018)

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePalm Desert/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,080n/a (estimate)3,8832,8282,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePalm Desert/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder0n/a0.04.45.0
Rape6n/a11.239.242.6
Robbery21n/a39.2137.386.2
Assault64n/a119.5266.5246.8
Violent crime91n/a (estimate)170447381
Burglary329n/a614.2416.2376.0
Theft1,530n/a2,856.21,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft130n/a242.7392.4228.9
Property crime1,989n/a (estimate)3,7132,3802,200

Key findings

  • Palm Desert crime rates are 50% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Palm Desert are 55% lower than the national average
  • In Palm Desert you have a 1 in 26 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Palm Desert is safer than 30% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Palm Desert has decreased by 8%

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Compare Palm Desert, CA Crime To Other Cities

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      Daily Crime In Palm Desert (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Palm Desert, per 100,000 residents. In Palm Desert, the total number of daily crimes is 1.37 times more than the California average and 1.50 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Palm Desert are 2.63 times less than the California average and 2.24 times less than the national average. For property crime, Palm Desert has a daily crime rate that is 1.56 times more than the California average and 1.69 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Palm Desert (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Palm Desert in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? The evidence provided by these graphs show Palm Desert being safer than 38% of cities in California and 30% 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 Palm Desert. In conclusion, Palm Desert ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Palm Desert

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Palm Desert is 1 in 589
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Palm Desert is 1 in 27
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Palm Desert is 1 in 26
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Palm Desert, CA? If you reside in Palm Desert, then there is a 1 in 589 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 27. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 26 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Palm Desert.

      Year Over Year Crime In Palm Desert (per 100,000 people)

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Palm Desert, CA (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Palm Desert has increased by 16%, the amount of property crime in Palm Desert has decreased by 9%, and the total amount of crime in Palm Desert has decreased by 8% year over year.

      Palm Desert police department

      ItemPalm DesertCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a51,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a3.63.3

      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
      Indio Hills, CA1,1192401,2771,516
      Cathedral City, CA53,2683121,3021,615
      Sky Valley, CA2,5742631,4011,664
      Thermal, CA2,3962801,4931,774
      Desert Palms, CA6,9403091,6441,953
      Vista Santa Rosa, CA3,7753201,7032,022
      Desert Edge, CA3,8483411,8132,154
      Palm Desert, CA51,0451703,7133,883

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Levittown, NY51,0733341,3741,708
      Irondequoit, NY51,1351811,8362,017
      Pinellas Park, FL50,9464204,5394,959
      Grand Island, NE50,8954662,9073,373
      Enid, OK50,8913452,8443,188
      Palm Desert, CA51,0451703,7133,883
      Source: The Palm Desert, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.