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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 Clemente/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime896n/a (estimate)1,4122,8432,324
Violent crime118n/a (estimate)186500370
Vehicle theft138n/a217.5471.9282.7
Property crime778n/a (estimate)1,2262,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in San Clemente, CA

The San Clemente crime rates are 39.2% lower 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 118 violent crimes in San Clemente (186 per 100,000 people), which is 49.7% lower than the national average and there were a total of 778 property crimes (1226 per 100,000 residents) which is 37.3% lower than average.

During the most recently reported crime year, San Clemente experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in San Clemente?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of San Clemente residents. Out of the respondents (19 in total), 79% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in San Clemente were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 21% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is San Clemente a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether San Clemente 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 Clemente has an overall crime rate that is 39% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 2.45 daily occurrences, comprising 0.32 violent crimes and 2.13 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of San Clemente as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in San Clemente 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 San Clemente 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 San Clemente has decreased by 6.5% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 28.3% and property crime has decreased by 10.2%.

Potential Causes for Crime in San Clemente

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in San Clemente crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. San Clemente has an unemployment rate of 2.8%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In San Clemente, 94.2% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

Rising cost of living expenses, including increased housing costs, grocery, utility and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards crime, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In San Clemente, the cost of living is 88.44% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

San Clemente crime map

The San Clemente crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in San Clemente 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 Clemente crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the San Clemente 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 Clemente crime rates are 39% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in San Clemente are 50% lower than the national average
      • In San Clemente you have a 1 in 71 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • San Clemente is safer than 56% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in San Clemente has decreased by 5%

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

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in San Clemente 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 Clemente (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 2.01 times less than the state average and 1.65 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in San Clemente on a daily basis are 2.69 times less than than California average and 1.99 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in San Clemente are 1.91 times less than the daily state average and 1.59 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is San Clemente (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in San Clemente in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is San Clemente safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show San Clemente being safer than 82% of cities in California and 56% 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 San Clemente. In conclusion, San Clemente ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in San Clemente

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in San Clemente is 1 in 538
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Clemente is 1 in 82
        The chance of being a victim of crime in San Clemente is 1 in 71
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in San Clemente? If you reside in San Clemente, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 538. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 82 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 San Clemente, is 1 in 71.

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

        Determining whether San Clemente is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. San Clemente violent crime rates have increased by 31%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 8% year over year. Total crimes for San Clemente has decreased by 5% in the same time frame.

        San Clemente police department

        Item San Clemente 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
        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.

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        San Clemente, CA64,9291861,2261,412

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        Source: The San Clemente, 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.