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Total crime 50%
Violent crime 46%
Property crime 51%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSan Marcos/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,254n/a (estimate)1,2782,8282,580
Murder0n/a0.04.45.0
Rape18n/a18.439.242.6
Robbery61n/a62.2137.386.2
Assault123n/a125.4266.5246.8
Violent crime202n/a (estimate)206447381
Burglary167n/a170.3416.2376.0
Theft740n/a754.41,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft145n/a147.8392.4228.9
Property crime1,052n/a (estimate)1,0732,3802,200

Key findings

  • San Marcos crime rates are 50% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in San Marcos are 46% lower than the national average
  • In San Marcos you have a 1 in 79 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • San Marcos is safer than 60% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in San Marcos has decreased by 10%

San Marcos crime map

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

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

      The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in San Marcos for every 100,000 residents. The San Marcos total amount of daily crime is 2.21 times less than the California average and 2.02 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in San Marcos, is 2.17 times less than the California average, and it is 1.85 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that San Marcos has a daily crime average that is 2.22 times less than the California average and 2.05 times less than the daily national rate.

      How Safe is San Marcos (higher is better)

      How safe is San Marcos, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that San Marcos is safer than 78% of the cities in California and 60% 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 Marcos. Overall, San Marcos is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in San Marcos

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in San Marcos is 1 in 486
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Marcos is 1 in 94
      The chance of being a victim of crime in San Marcos is 1 in 79
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in San Marcos, California? If you reside in San Marcos, then there is a 1 in 486 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 94. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 79 risk that you will become a victim of crime in San Marcos.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether San Marcos 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 Marcos has decreased by 1% and the rate of property crime in San Marcos has decreased by 11%. The total crime rate in San Marcos has decreased by 10% year to year.

      San Marcos police department

      ItemSan MarcosCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a51,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a3.63.3

      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
      Rancho Santa Fe, CA2,76370373443
      Fairbanks Ranch, CA2,86470373443
      Hidden Meadows, CA3,648147782929
      Bonsall, CA4,294151802953
      Poway, CA49,6751291,0111,140
      Encinitas, CA62,1601791,2481,427
      Lake San Marcos, CA4,5292441,3001,545
      San Marcos, CA91,4792061,0731,278

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Westminster, CA91,6353112,6502,961
      Redding, CA91,3206733,7294,402
      Boca Raton, FL91,7022052,3572,562
      Sunrise, FL91,1771942,4532,647
      Miami Beach, FL91,7849377,4768,413
      San Marcos, CA91,4792061,0731,278
      Source: The San Marcos, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.