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Total crime 10%
Violent crime 29%
Property crime 7%
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 Mateo/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,448n/a (estimate)2,3132,8282,580
Murder0n/a0.04.45.0
Rape25n/a23.639.242.6
Robbery88n/a83.1137.386.2
Assault172n/a162.5266.5246.8
Violent crime285n/a (estimate)269447381
Burglary590n/a557.5416.2376.0
Theft1,360n/a1,285.01,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft213n/a201.2392.4228.9
Property crime2,163n/a (estimate)2,0442,3802,200

Key findings

  • San Mateo crime rates are 10% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in San Mateo are 29% lower than the national average
  • In San Mateo you have a 1 in 44 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • San Mateo is safer than 41% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in San Mateo has increased by 2%

San Mateo crime map

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

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

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in San Mateo, per 100,000 residents. In San Mateo, the total number of daily crimes is 1.22 times less than the California average and 1.12 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in San Mateo are 1.66 times less than the California average and 1.41 times less than the national average. For property crime, San Mateo has a daily crime rate that is 1.16 times less than the California average and 1.08 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is San Mateo (higher is better)

      How safe is San Mateo, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that San Mateo is safer than 55% of the cities in California and 41% 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 Mateo. Overall, San Mateo is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in San Mateo

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in San Mateo is 1 in 372
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Mateo is 1 in 49
      The chance of being a victim of crime in San Mateo is 1 in 44
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in San Mateo? If you reside in San Mateo, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 372. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 49 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 Mateo, is 1 in 44.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in San Mateo, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in San Mateo has increased by 16%, while the property crime rate in San Mateo has not changed year over year. Summing up the numbers, San Mateo has increased by 2% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      San Mateo police department

      ItemSan MateoCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)13751,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.43.63.3
      There are a total of 137 San Mateo police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 61.8% less than the California average and 57.6% 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
      Ladera, CA1,51463334397
      Montara, CA2,89570373443
      Moss Beach, CA3,70685453538
      West Menlo Park, CA3,83085453538
      Loyola, CA3,42585453538
      Los Altos Hills, CA8,37681555635
      Highlands-Baywood Park, CA4,261116618734
      San Mateo, CA102,2242692,0442,313

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      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Sandy Springs, GA102,2121181,8551,972
      Clovis, CA102,1481982,1812,379
      Davenport, IA102,3057285,0935,821
      Lewisville, TX102,3272562,2282,483
      Rialto, CA102,4185212,9163,438
      San Mateo, CA102,2242692,0442,313
      Source: The San Mateo, 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.