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Total crime 24%
Violent crime 66%
Property crime 40%
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 peoplePalo Alto/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,069n/a (estimate)3,0912,7722,489
Murder1n/a1.54.35.0
Rape10n/a14.937.542.6
Robbery46n/a68.7132.481.6
Assault29n/a43.3267.1250.2
Violent crime86n/a (estimate)128441379
Burglary179n/a267.4386.1340.5
Theft1,722n/a2,572.51,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft82n/a122.5358.8219.9
Property crime1,983n/a (estimate)2,9622,3312,110

Key findings

  • Palo Alto crime rates are 24% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Palo Alto are 66% lower than the national average
  • In Palo Alto you have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Palo Alto is safer than 38% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Palo Alto has increased by 32%

Palo Alto crime map

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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 lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Palo Alto crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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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. In Palo Alto, the total number of daily crimes is 1.11 times more than the California average and 1.24 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Palo Alto is 3.43 times less than the California average and 2.95 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Palo Alto has a daily crime rate that is 1.27 times more than the California average and 1.40 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Palo Alto (higher is better)

      Is Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto to other cities in the state and across the country, Palo Alto is 53% safer than other cities of California and 38% safer than other cities in the nation. Palo Alto has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      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 779
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Palo Alto is 1 in 34
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Palo Alto is 1 in 33
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Palo Alto, California you have a 1 in 779 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 34 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Palo Alto.

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

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Palo Alto, California (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 Palo Alto has increased by 20%, the amount of property crime in Palo Alto has increased by 32%, and the total amount of crime in Palo Alto has increased by 32% year over 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
      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
      Monte Sereno, CA3,5140342342
      Ladera, CA1,51462327389
      Sunol, CA1,00462327389
      West Menlo Park, CA3,83084444528
      Cambrian Park, CA3,25984444528
      Loyola, CA3,42584444528
      Emerald Lake Hills, CA4,716115605720
      Palo Alto, CA66,6491282,9623,091

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Portland, ME66,6492422,5812,823
      Camarillo, CA66,630831,1731,257
      Woodbury, MN66,699621,7431,805
      South San Francisco, CA66,5872432,1742,418
      Oshkosh, WI66,7132841,5971,882
      Palo Alto, CA66,6491282,9623,091
      Source: The Palo Alto, 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.