Reported Annual Crime In San Diego

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSan Diego/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime31,467n/a (estimate)2,2102,9462,745
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSan Diego/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder35n/a2.54.65.3
Rape559n/a39.337.241.7
Robbery1,410n/a99.0143.298.0
Assault3,217n/a225.9264.2248.9
Violent crime5,221n/a (estimate)367449383
Burglary3,817n/a268.0446.9430.4
Theft17,294n/a1,214.41,623.91,694.4
Vehicle theft5,135n/a360.6425.9237.4
Property crime26,246n/a (estimate)1,8432,4972,362
A general overview of all the annual reported crimes in San Diego, CA is displayed above. The data has been arranged to make it easier to find both the gross total of reported crimes and the number of crimes reported per 100,000 people in San Diego, CA. These statistics are further divided into two distinct categories (violent crimes and property crimes) to provide more insight to how prevalent crime is in the area. You'll find that the rate of crime in San Diego, CA averages 25% lower than the rest of California while the rate of crime on a national scale is 20% lower than. You'll find that the occurrence of violent crime in San Diego, CA is 18% lower than the average rate of crime in California and 4% lower than the rest of the nation. Similarly, crime involving property stands 26% lower than the remainder of the state of California and 22% lower than the nation's average. Both of these statistics relate to how safe residents and businesses are while performing everyday activities in the San Diego, CA area.
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The San Diego crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in San Diego as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with low crime compared to the areas with high crime. The San Diego crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in San Diego is 20% lower than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 6.05 daily crimes that occur in San Diego.
  • San Diego is safer than 35% of the cities in the United States.
  • In San Diego you have a 1 in 46 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in San Diego has decreased by 11%.

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

The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in San Diego, CA per 100,000 residents. Additionally, daily crime statistics are also listed for California as well as national figures. In San Diego, CA the total number of daily crimes is 1.33 times less than the California average and 1.24 times less than the national average. Violent crime statistics in San Diego, CA are 1.23 times less than the California average and 1.04 times less than the national average. Regarding crimes committed against personal property, San Diego, CA has a daily crime rate that is 1.35 times less than the California average and 1.28 times less than the daily national average.

How Safe is San Diego (higher is better)

Many people wonder how safe they are in San Diego, CA in comparison to other notable cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the nation. Using the gauges above, which document and compare safety in San Diego, CA to other cities in the state and across the country, San Diego, CA is 44% safer than other cities of California and 35% safer than other cities in the nation. When referring to the results, which show crime scores in California cities and all around the United States, San Diego, CA has a ranking of below average in comparison to other cities in the country, which is determined my comparing San Diego, CA crime rate to all the other cities investigated.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in San Diego

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in San Diego is 1 in 273
The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Diego is 1 in 55
The chance of being a victim of crime in San Diego is 1 in 46
Wondering what the chances are that you will be the victim of a crime in San Diego, CA? The illustrations above show how likely you are to become a victim of violent crime, property crime or any crime. In San Diego, CA you have a 1 in 273 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 55 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 46 chance of becoming a victim of crime in San Diego, CA.

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

An ideal indicator of whether San Diego, CA is becoming a safer or more dangerous residential area or not is an analysis of the crime rate in the area from year to year. In the above illustration, the year to year crime rates are visualized per 100,000 people for property, violent, and total crime. Year to year rate of violent crime in San Diego, CA has decreased by 8% and the rate of property crime in San Diego, CA has decreased by 11%. The total crime rate in San Diego, CA has decreased by 11% year to year.

San Diego police department

ItemSan DiegoCaliforniaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2,48151,506558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.93.63.3
There are a total of 2,481 San Diego police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 48.7% less than the California average and 43% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in California

StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /100K
California68,119197222
There are a total of 68,119 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 197 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 11% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Granite Hills, CA3,07199552651
Coronado, CA24,8521101,3921,502
Spring Valley CDP (Lake County), CA1,1542421,3491,591
Chula Vista, CA260,5982981,4321,730
Santee, CA56,8392651,4791,743
Imperial Beach, CA27,1804821,3191,801
Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, CA20,1373051,6982,003
San Diego, CA1,374,8123671,8432,210

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
San Antonio, TX1,439,3587074,8455,552
Dallas, TX1,278,4337753,1853,960
Phoenix, AZ1,555,3247613,6714,432
Philadelphia, PA1,559,9389483,0634,011
San Jose, CA1,009,3634042,4412,844
San Diego, CA1,374,8123671,8432,210
Source: The San Diego, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2016. 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.
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