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Total crime 15%
Violent crime 18%
Property crime 15%
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 peopleSanta Barbara/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,748n/a (estimate)2,9672,8282,580
Murder1n/a1.14.45.0
Rape77n/a83.139.242.6
Robbery89n/a96.1137.386.2
Assault248n/a267.7266.5246.8
Violent crime415n/a (estimate)448447381
Burglary261n/a281.8416.2376.0
Theft1,894n/a2,044.71,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft178n/a192.2392.4228.9
Property crime2,333n/a (estimate)2,5192,3802,200

Key findings

  • Santa Barbara crime rates are 15% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Santa Barbara are 18% higher than the national average
  • In Santa Barbara you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Santa Barbara is safer than 22% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Santa Barbara has decreased by 21%

Santa Barbara crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Santa Barbara (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Santa Barbara, CA per 100,000 people. In Santa Barbara, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.05 times more than the California average and 1.15 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Santa Barbara is 1.00 times more than the California average and 1.18 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Santa Barbara has a daily crime rate that is 1.06 times more than the California average and 1.15 times more than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Santa Barbara (higher is better)

      How safe is Santa Barbara, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Santa Barbara is safer than 27% of the cities in California and 22% 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 Santa Barbara. Overall, Santa Barbara is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Santa Barbara

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Santa Barbara is 1 in 224
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Santa Barbara is 1 in 40
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Barbara is 1 in 34
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Santa Barbara? In Santa Barbara, you have a 1 in 224 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 40. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Barbara, CA is 1 in 34.

      Year Over Year Crime In Santa Barbara (per 100,000 people)

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Santa Barbara, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Santa Barbara has increased by 4%, while the property crime rate in Santa Barbara has decreased by 24% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Santa Barbara has decreased by 21% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Santa Barbara police department

      ItemSanta BarbaraCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)20251,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.23.63.3
      There are a total of 202 Santa Barbara police officers. This results in 2.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 37.8% less than the California average and 30.9% 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
      Summerland, CA1,14663334397
      Toro Canyon, CA1,71463334397
      Mission Canyon, CA2,76970373443
      Montecito, CA9,193157835992
      Goleta, CA30,6711341,1251,259
      Carpinteria, CA13,5531601,5461,707
      Isla Vista, CA27,1796393,4044,044
      Santa Barbara, CA90,9224482,5192,967

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Plantation, FL90,8782512,8423,093
      Longmont, CO90,7194342,7073,141
      Sunrise, FL91,1771942,4532,647
      Redding, CA91,3206733,7294,402
      Germantown, MD90,4945132,2232,736
      Santa Barbara, CA90,9224482,5192,967
      Source: The Santa Barbara, 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.