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Total crime 73%
Violent crime 84%
Property crime 71%
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 peopleRancho Santa Margarita/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime326n/a (estimate)6742,7722,489
Murder0n/a0.04.35.0
Rape4n/a8.337.542.6
Robbery12n/a24.8132.481.6
Assault14n/a28.9267.1250.2
Violent crime30n/a (estimate)62441379
Burglary34n/a70.3386.1340.5
Theft250n/a516.81,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft12n/a24.8358.8219.9
Property crime296n/a (estimate)6122,3312,110

Key findings

  • Rancho Santa Margarita crime rates are 73% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Rancho Santa Margarita are 84% lower than the national average
  • In Rancho Santa Margarita you have a 1 in 149 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Rancho Santa Margarita is safer than 85% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Rancho Santa Margarita has decreased by 9%

Rancho Santa Margarita crime map

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The Rancho Santa Margarita crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Rancho Santa Margarita 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 Rancho Santa Margarita crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Rancho Santa Margarita (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Rancho Santa Margarita, per 100,000 residents. In Rancho Santa Margarita, the total number of daily crimes is 4.11 times less than the California average and 3.69 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Rancho Santa Margarita are 7.11 times less than the California average and 6.12 times less than the national average. For property crime, Rancho Santa Margarita has a daily crime rate that is 3.81 times less than the California average and 3.45 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Rancho Santa Margarita (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Rancho Santa Margarita in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Rancho Santa Margarita safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Rancho Santa Margarita being safer than 98% of cities in California and 85% 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 Santa Margarita. In conclusion, Rancho Santa Margarita ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Rancho Santa Margarita

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Rancho Santa Margarita is 1 in 1613
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Rancho Santa Margarita is 1 in 164
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Rancho Santa Margarita is 1 in 149
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Rancho Santa Margarita, California you have a 1 in 1613 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 164 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 149 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Rancho Santa Margarita.

      Year Over Year Crime In Rancho Santa Margarita (per 100,000 people)

      An ideal indicator of whether Rancho Santa Margarita is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Rancho Santa Margarita has decreased by 34% and the rate of property crime in Rancho Santa Margarita has decreased by 5%. The total crime rate in Rancho Santa Margarita has decreased by 9% year to year.

      Rancho Santa Margarita police department

      ItemRancho Santa MargaritaCaliforniaNational
      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
      Laguna Woods, CA16,34744773817
      Villa Park, CA5,92268753822
      Lake Forest, CA80,65876789865
      Aliso Viejo, CA50,21952829880
      Las Flores, CA5,671143758901
      Laguna Niguel, CA64,98464910975
      Mission Viejo, CA96,17868907975
      Rancho Santa Margarita, CA49,03862612674

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      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Methuen Town, MA49,0431871,0881,275
      Severn, MD49,0174431,9022,344
      Cypress, CA48,9781061,2141,320
      La Mirada, CA49,1301771,4391,616
      Harrisburg, PA49,1609002,1733,073
      Rancho Santa Margarita, CA49,03862612674
      Source: The Rancho Santa Margarita, 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.