Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleRichmond/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,122n/a (estimate)3,5832,8432,324
Violent crime1,005n/a (estimate)874500370
Vehicle theft1,035n/a899.7471.9282.7
Property crime3,117n/a (estimate)2,7092,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Richmond, CA

The Richmond crime rates are 54.2% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 1005 violent crimes in Richmond (874 per 100,000 people), which is 136.2% higher than the national average and there were a total of 3117 property crimes (2709 per 100,000 residents) which is 38.6% higher than average.

Richmond has gained notoriety as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, given its alarming violent crime rate of 874 crimes per 100,000 people. In fact, Richmond falls within the lowest 10% among cities reporting violent crimes last year, resulting in a concerning 1 in 115 likelihood of experiencing a violent crime. It's important to note that safety levels may vary across different areas within the city, and this statistic doesn't necessarily reflect the entire city's situation regarding violent crime.

Despite a steady decline in murder rates in the United States since 1990, recent years have witnessed an unfortunate uptick. Richmond stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates, surpassing other cities that reported crime. In Richmond, there were a total of 17 murders, translating to 15 murders per 100,000 people, underscoring the pressing need for continued efforts to address and reduce severe violent crime in the area.

With a total of 1035 vehicle thefts last year, Richmond has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 900 per 100,000 people. This lands Richmond in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 112.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Richmond?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Richmond. Based on the results of the surveys (65 responses), 18% of people felt that there was very little crime in Richmond and felt safe walking alone at night. While 82% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Richmond a Safe Place to Live?

Is Richmond a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Richmond has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 54%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 11.29 daily incidents, encompassing 2.75 violent crimes and 8.54 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Richmond as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond has decreased by 13.3% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 6.4% and property crime has decreased by 15.3%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Richmond

In Richmond, 75% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

In Richmond, the cost of living is 36.9% higher than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

In Richmond, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 2.6 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

Richmond crime map

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

  • Richmond crime rates are 54% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Richmond are 136% higher than the national average
  • In Richmond you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Richmond is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Richmond has decreased by 16%

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        Daily Crime In Richmond (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Richmond for every 100,000 residents. The Richmond total amount of daily crime is 1.26 times more than the California average and 1.54 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Richmond, is 1.75 times more than the California average, and it is 2.36 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Richmond has a daily crime average that is 1.16 times more than the California average and 1.39 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Richmond (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Richmond in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Richmond safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Richmond being safer than 9% of cities in California and 6% 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 Richmond. In conclusion, Richmond ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Richmond

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Richmond is 1 in 115
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Richmond is 1 in 37
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Richmond is 1 in 28
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Richmond? If you reside in Richmond, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 115. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 37 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 Richmond, is 1 in 28.

        Year Over Year Crime In Richmond (per 100,000 people)

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Richmond, 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 Richmond has decreased by 9%, the amount of property crime in Richmond has decreased by 18%, and the total amount of crime in Richmond has decreased by 16% year over year.

        Richmond police department

        Item Richmond California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)27651,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.63.63.3
        There are a total of 276 Richmond police officers. This results in 2.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 28.2% less than the California average and 20.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in California

        State Total offenders California /100K National /100K
        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
        Black Point-Green Point, CA1,73870329399
        Sleepy Hollow, CA2,36678368446
        Reliez Valley, CA3,32195446542
        Ross, CA2,4530690690
        Orinda, CA19,46157643700
        Belvedere, CA2,2460718718
        Fairfax, CA7,629147575722
        Richmond, CA110,0518742,7093,583

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lakeland, FL110,3353732,2532,625
        Billings, MT109,7059294,3175,246
        Gresham, OR110,4564352,9463,380
        Miami Gardens, FL110,7673762,2742,650
        Inglewood, CA109,3096652,9003,564
        Richmond, CA110,0518742,7093,583
        Source: The Richmond, 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.