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Total crime 131%
Violent crime 126%
Property crime 132%
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 Monica/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime5,529n/a (estimate)5,9662,8282,580
Murder7n/a7.64.45.0
Rape60n/a64.739.242.6
Robbery278n/a300.0137.386.2
Assault452n/a487.7266.5246.8
Violent crime797n/a (estimate)860447381
Burglary662n/a714.3416.2376.0
Theft3,835n/a4,138.21,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft235n/a253.6392.4228.9
Property crime4,732n/a (estimate)5,1062,3802,200

Key findings

  • Santa Monica crime rates are 131% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Santa Monica are 126% higher than the national average
  • In Santa Monica you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Santa Monica is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Santa Monica has increased by 9%

Santa Monica crime map

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

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

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Santa Monica, CA per 100,000 people. In Santa Monica, the total number of daily crimes is 2.11 times more than the California average and 2.31 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Santa Monica is 1.92 times more than the California average and 2.26 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Santa Monica has a daily crime rate that is 2.15 times more than the California average and 2.32 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Santa Monica (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Santa Monica in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Santa Monica safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Santa Monica being safer than 3% of cities in California and 3% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking California cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Santa Monica. In conclusion, Santa Monica ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Santa Monica

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Santa Monica is 1 in 117
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Santa Monica is 1 in 20
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Monica is 1 in 17
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Santa Monica, California you have a 1 in 117 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 20 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Santa Monica.

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

      Determining whether Santa Monica is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Santa Monica violent crime rates have increased by 13%. At the same time, property crime has increased by 8% year over year. Total crimes for Santa Monica has increased by 9% in the same time frame.

      Santa Monica police department

      ItemSanta MonicaCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)38551,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.23.63.3
      There are a total of 385 Santa Monica police officers. This results in 4.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 16.8% greater than the California average and 29.8% greater 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
      Bell Canyon, CA2,15970373443
      Hidden Hills, CA1,5730777777
      Ladera Heights, CA7,195145774919
      Marina del Rey, CA9,782157835992
      Topanga, CA7,858157835992
      Lawndale, CA33,1613891,0511,440
      View Park-Windsor Hills, CA11,6402291,2191,447
      Santa Monica, CA92,2478605,1065,966

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Lynn, MA92,0745951,4372,033
      Lawrence, KS92,6114362,6183,054
      Hesperia, CA92,6644252,1302,556
      Miami Beach, FL91,7849377,4768,413
      Carson, CA92,7804682,1222,590
      Santa Monica, CA92,2478605,1065,966
      Source: The Santa Monica, 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.