Reported Annual Crime In Palo Alto

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePalo Alto/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,873n/a (estimate)2,7772,9462,745
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePalo Alto/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder0n/a0.04.65.3
Rape11n/a16.337.241.7
Robbery39n/a57.8143.298.0
Assault40n/a59.3264.2248.9
Violent crime90n/a (estimate)133449383
Burglary214n/a317.3446.9430.4
Theft1,478n/a2,191.61,623.91,694.4
Vehicle theft91n/a134.9425.9237.4
Property crime1,783n/a (estimate)2,6442,4972,362
A comprehensive overview of any and all yearly reported crimes in Palo Alto, CA is shown in the table above. In order to provide more clarity, the total number of crimes is shown as well as the amount of crimes committed per 100,000 people. The crimes indicated in the table are separated into two different categories. These categories are property crimes and violent crimes. According to the table, the overall crime rate is 6% lower than the average of crimes committed in California. It is also 1% higher than the national average. When it comes to violent crimes, Palo Alto, CA shows a crime rate that is 70% lower than the California average. The crime rate is also 65% lower than the national average. When it comes to property crimes, Palo Alto, CA is shown to be 6% higher than the California average and 12% higher than the national average.

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The Palo Alto crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Palo Alto as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with low crime compared to the areas with high crime. The Palo Alto crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Palo Alto is 1% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 7.61 daily crimes that occur in Palo Alto.
  • Palo Alto is safer than 60% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Palo Alto you have a 1 in 37 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Palo Alto has increased by 6%.

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Daily Crime In Palo Alto (per 100,000 people)

The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Palo Alto, CA per 100,000 people. For comparison purposes, the number of daily crimes is also reported for California and on a national level. In Palo Alto, CA the total number of daily crimes is 1.06 times less than the California average and 1.01 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Palo Alto, CA is 3.37 times less than the California average and 2.87 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Palo Alto, CA has a daily crime rate that is 1.06 times more than the California average and 1.12 times more than the national average.

How Safe is Palo Alto (higher is better)

Many people wonder how safe they are in Palo Alto, CA in comparison to other notable cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the nation. Using the gauges above, which document and compare safety in Palo Alto, CA to other cities in the state and across the country, Palo Alto, CA is 77% safer than other cities of California and 60% safer than other cities in the nation. When referring to the results, which show crime scores in California cities and all around the United States, Palo Alto, CA has a ranking of above average in comparison to other cities in the country, which is determined my comparing Palo Alto, CA crime rate to all the other cities investigated.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Palo Alto

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Palo Alto is 1 in 750
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Palo Alto is 1 in 38
The chance of being a victim of crime in Palo Alto is 1 in 37
Wondering what the chances are that you will be the victim of a crime in Palo Alto, CA? The illustrations above show how likely you are to become a victim of violent crime, property crime or any crime. In Palo Alto, CA you have a 1 in 750 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 38 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 37 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Palo Alto, CA.

Year Over Year Crime In Palo Alto (per 100,000 people)

An analysis of year to year crime rates in Palo Alto, CA is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer area to live or a more dangerous area. In the above graph, you can see that the year to year crime rates are shown for the total crime, property crime, and violent crime per 100,000 people. The amount of violent crime in Palo Alto, CA has increased by 32%, the amount of property crime in Palo Alto, CA has increased by 5%, and the total amount of crime in Palo Alto, CA has increased by 6% year to year.

Palo Alto police department

ItemPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)13451,506558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.03.63.3
There are a total of 134 Palo Alto police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 43.8% less than the California average and 37.6% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in California

StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /100K
California68,119197222
There are a total of 68,119 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 197 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 11% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

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Monte Sereno, CA3,5140307307
Sunol, CA1,00463350413
Ladera, CA1,51463350413
Loyola, CA3,42586476561
Cambrian Park, CA3,25986476561
West Menlo Park, CA3,83086476561
Hillsborough, CA11,31269607676
Palo Alto, CA66,6491332,6442,777

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Source: The Palo Alto, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2016. 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.