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51%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
65%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
48%
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 peopleRancho Palos Verdes/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime459n/a (estimate)1,1362,8432,324
Murder0n/a0.05.76.3
Rape4n/a9.937.440.0
Robbery6n/a14.9123.566.1
Assault42n/a104.0332.8268.2
Violent crime52n/a (estimate)129500370
Burglary87n/a215.3371.9269.8
Theft284n/a702.91,499.31,401.9
Vehicle theft36n/a89.1471.9282.7
Property crime407n/a (estimate)1,0072,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Rancho Palos Verdes is 51.1% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 52 violent crimes reported in Rancho Palos Verdes, equivalent to 129 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 65.2%. Additionally, Rancho Palos Verdes recorded 407 property crimes, amounting to 1007 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 48.5%.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Rancho Palos Verdes reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Rancho Palos Verdes?

AreaVibes surveyed 9 local residents in Rancho Palos Verdes to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 89% of people answered that there was very little crime in Rancho Palos Verdes and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 11% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Rancho Palos Verdes a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Rancho Palos Verdes a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Rancho Palos Verdes crime rate is 51% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 1.26 crimes per day - 0.14 violent crimes and 1.12 property crimes.

Has Crime in Rancho Palos Verdes Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Rancho Palos Verdes crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Rancho Palos Verdes has increased by 21.4% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 20.9% and property crime has increased by 21.5%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Rancho Palos Verdes

In Rancho Palos Verdes, the current unemployment rate stands at 2.5%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Rancho Palos Verdes crime rates.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Rancho Palos Verdes crime rates. Rancho Palos Verdes registers a population density of 3090.5 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Rancho Palos Verdes, the cost of living is 117.62% higher than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

Rancho Palos Verdes crime map



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

  • Rancho Palos Verdes crime rates are 51% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Rancho Palos Verdes are 65% lower than the national average
  • In Rancho Palos Verdes you have a 1 in 89 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Rancho Palos Verdes is safer than 78% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Rancho Palos Verdes has increased by 25%

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        Daily Crime In Rancho Palos Verdes (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Rancho Palos Verdes on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of California and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Rancho Palos Verdes (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 2.50 times less than the state average and 2.05 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Rancho Palos Verdes on a daily basis are 3.88 times less than than California average and 2.87 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Rancho Palos Verdes are 2.33 times less than the daily state average and 1.94 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Rancho Palos Verdes (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Rancho Palos Verdes in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Rancho Palos Verdes safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Rancho Palos Verdes being safer than 92% of cities in California and 78% 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 Rancho Palos Verdes. In conclusion, Rancho Palos Verdes ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Rancho Palos Verdes

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Rancho Palos Verdes is 1 in 777
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Rancho Palos Verdes is 1 in 100
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Rancho Palos Verdes is 1 in 89
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Rancho Palos Verdes? If you reside in Rancho Palos Verdes, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 777. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 100 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Rancho Palos Verdes, is 1 in 89.

        Year Over Year Crime In Rancho Palos Verdes (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Rancho Palos Verdes has increased by 24%, while the property crime rate in Rancho Palos Verdes has increased by 25% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Rancho Palos Verdes has increased by 25% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Rancho Palos Verdes police department

        Item Rancho Palos Verdes 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
        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 Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Rolling Hills, CA1,4390480480
        Palos Verdes Estates, CA13,359311,0811,112
        Bell Gardens, CA41,7703871,1031,490
        Rolling Hills Estates, CA8,0251121,6791,791
        Cudahy, CA23,6067201,3302,050
        Lawndale, CA32,5334361,6802,116
        Lomita, CA20,2124651,6572,122
        Rancho Palos Verdes, CA41,6351291,0071,136

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Mableton, GA41,6473861,7802,167
        La Quinta, CA41,6501812,5932,774
        Westfield, IN41,65279753832
        Woonsocket, RI41,6164501,7872,236
        Oakley, CA41,6562291,1461,375
        Rancho Palos Verdes, CA41,6351291,0071,136
        Source: The Rancho Palos Verdes, 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.