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Total crime 12%
Violent crime 5%
Property crime 14%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSan Diego/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime29,624n/a (estimate)2,0612,5812,346
Murder56n/a3.95.66.5
Rape485n/a33.734.238.4
Robbery1,207n/a84.0113.673.9
Assault3,555n/a247.3288.7279.7
Violent crime5,303n/a (estimate)369442388
Burglary3,324n/a231.2369.7314.2
Theft16,044n/a1,116.01,341.71,398.0
Vehicle theft4,953n/a344.5427.6246.0
Property crime24,321n/a (estimate)1,6922,1391,958

Key findings

  • San Diego crime rates are 12% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in San Diego are 5% lower than the national average
  • In San Diego you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • San Diego is safer than 33% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in San Diego has decreased by 8%

San Diego crime map

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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 lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The San Diego crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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Compare San Diego, CA Crime

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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, per 100,000 residents. In San Diego, the total number of daily crimes is 1.25 times less than the California average and 1.14 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in San Diego are 1.20 times less than the California average and 1.05 times less than the national average. For property crime, San Diego has a daily crime rate that is 1.26 times less than the California average and 1.16 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is San Diego (higher is better)

      Is San Diego safe in comparison to other cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in San Diego to other cities in the state and across the country, San Diego is 46% safer than other cities of California and 33% safer than other cities in the nation. San Diego has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      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 272
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Diego is 1 in 60
      The chance of being a victim of crime in San Diego is 1 in 49
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In San Diego, California you have a 1 in 272 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 60 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime in San Diego.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether San Diego 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 San Diego has increased by 2% and the rate of property crime in San Diego has decreased by 10%. The total crime rate in San Diego has decreased by 8% 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
      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
      Granite Hills, CA3,07198473571
      Santee, CA56,8392857711,056
      Coronado, CA24,852721,1241,196
      Imperial Beach, CA27,1803451,0271,372
      Spring Valley CDP (Lake County), CA1,1542391,1551,394
      Chula Vista, CA260,5983291,1711,501
      Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, CA20,1373011,4541,755
      San Diego, CA1,374,8123691,6922,061

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      San Antonio, TX1,439,3587353,6274,362
      Dallas, TX1,278,4338453,4464,291
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,3247982,9893,788
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,9389093,0974,006
      San Jose, CA1,009,3634252,3162,741
      San Diego, CA1,374,8123691,6922,061
      Source: The San Diego, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.