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Total crime 62%
Violent crime 6%
Property crime 73%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSan Luis Obispo/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,930n/a (estimate)4,0432,7722,489
Murder0n/a0.04.35.0
Rape44n/a92.237.542.6
Robbery34n/a71.2132.481.6
Assault114n/a238.8267.1250.2
Violent crime192n/a (estimate)402441379
Burglary277n/a580.3386.1340.5
Theft1,387n/a2,905.61,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft74n/a155.0358.8219.9
Property crime1,738n/a (estimate)3,6412,3312,110

Key findings

  • San Luis Obispo crime rates are 62% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in San Luis Obispo are 6% higher than the national average
  • In San Luis Obispo you have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • San Luis Obispo is safer than 18% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in San Luis Obispo has decreased by 3%

San Luis Obispo crime map

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The San Luis Obispo crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In San Luis Obispo (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in San Luis Obispo, per 100,000 residents. In San Luis Obispo, the total number of daily crimes is 1.46 times more than the California average and 1.62 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in San Luis Obispo are 1.10 times less than the California average and 1.06 times more than the national average. For property crime, San Luis Obispo has a daily crime rate that is 1.56 times more than the California average and 1.73 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is San Luis Obispo (higher is better)

      How safe is San Luis Obispo, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that San Luis Obispo is safer than 20% of the cities in California and 18% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in California and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than San Luis Obispo. Overall, San Luis Obispo is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in San Luis Obispo

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in San Luis Obispo is 1 in 249
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Luis Obispo is 1 in 28
      The chance of being a victim of crime in San Luis Obispo is 1 in 25
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In San Luis Obispo, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 249. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 28 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in San Luis Obispo is 1 in 25.

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

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in San Luis Obispo, 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 San Luis Obispo has not changed, the amount of property crime in San Luis Obispo has decreased by 4%, and the total amount of crime in San Luis Obispo has decreased by 3% year over year.

      San Luis Obispo police department

      ItemSan Luis ObispoCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7851,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.73.63.3
      There are a total of 78 San Luis Obispo police officers. This results in 1.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 53% less than the California average and 47.8% 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
      Los Ranchos, CA1,63062327389
      Avila Beach, CA1,24262327389
      Cayucos, CA2,98779419498
      Callender, CA1,81493492585
      Santa Margarita, CA1,3461628581,021
      Morro Bay, CA10,5191981,1951,393
      Blacklake, CA8952531,3351,588
      San Luis Obispo, CA46,7164023,6414,043

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Palm Springs, CA46,7145474,0254,572
      Twin Falls, ID46,6233982,0492,447
      Texas City, TX46,8114012,8193,220
      North Highlands, CA46,8417293,8524,581
      Hattiesburg, MS46,8462314,4924,723
      San Luis Obispo, CA46,7164023,6414,043
      Source: The San Luis Obispo, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.