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Violent 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 peopleSan Bruno/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,172n/a (estimate)2,8712,8432,324
Violent crime118n/a (estimate)289500370
Vehicle theft156n/a382.2471.9282.7
Property crime1,054n/a (estimate)2,5822,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in San Bruno, CA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the San Bruno crime rate is higher than the national average by 23.5%. Specifically, there were 118 violent crimes in San Bruno, equivalent to 289 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 21.8%. Furthermore, San Bruno recorded 1054 property crimes, amounting to 2582 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 32.1%.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in San Bruno?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in San Bruno. Based on the results of the surveys (14 responses), 36% of people felt that there was very little crime in San Bruno and felt safe walking alone at night. While 64% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is San Bruno a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether San Bruno is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, San Bruno has an overall crime rate that is 24% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 3.21 daily occurrences, comprising 0.32 violent crimes and 2.89 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of San Bruno as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in San Bruno Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in San Bruno has increased by 12.9%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of San Bruno, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 18%, while property crime has increased by 12.4%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not San Bruno is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in San Bruno

In San Bruno, the poverty rate currently stands at 5.3%, which contrasts with the national average of 15.1%. It's essential to recognize that the economic status of a city's inhabitants could be a pivotal factor influencing crime stats. Communities grappling with high poverty rates and income inequality are often susceptible to elevated crime levels, as some individuals may turn to unlawful activities to fulfill their essential needs. While lower poverty rates could lead to a reduction in San Bruno crime rates.

San Bruno reports an unemployment rate of 3.2%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall San Bruno crime rates.

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In San Bruno, 87.9% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

San Bruno crime map

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

      • San Bruno crime rates are 24% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in San Bruno are 22% lower than the national average
      • In San Bruno you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • San Bruno is safer than 30% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in San Bruno has increased by 19%

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        Daily Crime In San Bruno (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in San Bruno 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 San Bruno (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 1.01 times more than the state average and 1.24 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in San Bruno on a daily basis are 1.73 times less than than California average and 1.28 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in San Bruno are 1.10 times more than the daily state average and 1.32 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is San Bruno (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of San Bruno to every other city in California, as well as the entirety of the United States, is San Bruno safe? The gauges above illustrate that San Bruno is safer than 52% of every city located within California along with 30% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in California and in the United States as a whole. As a result, San Bruno, CA is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in San Bruno

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in San Bruno is 1 in 346
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Bruno is 1 in 39
        The chance of being a victim of crime in San Bruno is 1 in 35
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in San Bruno? In San Bruno, CA you have a 1 in 346 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 39 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of crime in San Bruno.

        Year Over Year Crime In San Bruno (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for San Bruno is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in San Bruno has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 24% in San Bruno, while property crimes in San Bruno have increased by 18%. Total crime has increased by 19% year over year.

        San Bruno police department

        Item San Bruno California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)6051,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.43.63.3
        There are a total of 60 San Bruno police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 60.5% less than the California average and 56.1% 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
        Montara, CA2,83378368446
        Moss Beach, CA3,43695446542
        West Menlo Park, CA3,72095446542
        Highlands-Baywood Park, CA4,261130609738
        Emerald Lake Hills, CA4,893130609738
        Hillsborough, CA11,60847768815
        Woodside, CA5,593163762925
        San Bruno, CA44,6632892,5822,871

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Strongsville, OH44,67568853921
        Morgan Hill, CA44,7893191,4531,772
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        Barnstable Town, MA44,4974637941,257
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        San Bruno, CA44,6632892,5822,871
        Source: The San Bruno, 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.