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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSebastopol/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime159n/a (estimate)2,1512,8432,324
Violent crime33n/a (estimate)446500370
Vehicle theft7n/a94.7471.9282.7
Property crime126n/a (estimate)1,7042,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Sebastopol, CA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Sebastopol is 7.5% lower than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Sebastopol, there were 33 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 446 per 100,000 individuals, 20.7% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 126 property crimes, amounting to 1704 per 100,000 residents, 12.8% lower than the U.S. average.

In terms of the total Sebastopol crime rate per 100,000 people, it falls within the midrange when compared to other cities across the United States. Our analysis of total crimes, encompassing both violent and property offenses in Sebastopol, revealed that the reported crime rates closely align with the nationwide average reported by other areas.

During the most recently reported crime year, Sebastopol experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

Sebastopol maintains a property crime rate that closely resembles the national norm. In Sebastopol, 1704 property crimes were reported, aligning with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. Consequently, the area's safety profile stands on par with the average city, neither significantly safer nor more dangerous. This consistency underscores a balanced commitment to community safety and security, providing residents with a stable and reassuring living environment.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Sebastopol?

AreaVibes surveyed 11 local residents in Sebastopol to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 73% of people answered that there was very little crime in Sebastopol and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 27% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Sebastopol a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Sebastopol is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Sebastopol has a total crime rate that is 7% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.44 daily crimes (0.09 violent daily crimes and 0.35 daily property crimes) in Sebastopol.

Has Crime in Sebastopol Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Sebastopol. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Sebastopol has decreased by 18.5%. Violent crimes have increased by 106.3%, while property crimes have decreased by 29.6%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Sebastopol

Sebastopol reports an unemployment rate of 3.4%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Sebastopol crime rates.

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Sebastopol crime rates. The population density in Sebastopol is 4071.8 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

The effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing initiatives can influence crime rates. A strong and collaborative relationship between the police and the community can deter criminal activity and improve safety. In Sebastopol, there are 2.53 police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 3.25. The effectiveness of law enforcement often depends on community policing strategies that emphasize building trust and cooperation between the police and the community. It's not just about the number of officers but also how they engage with the community.

Sebastopol crime map

The Sebastopol crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Sebastopol as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Sebastopol crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Sebastopol crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Sebastopol crime rates are 7% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Sebastopol are 21% higher than the national average
  • In Sebastopol you have a 1 in 47 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Sebastopol is safer than 25% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Sebastopol has decreased by 15%

Sebastopol, CA Crime Quiz


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        Daily Crime In Sebastopol (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Sebastopol, California is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Sebastopol are 1.32 times less than the California average and 1.08 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Sebastopol are 1.12 times less than than California and 1.21 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Sebastopol are 1.37 times less than than California and 1.15 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Sebastopol (higher is better)

        Is Sebastopol safe in comparison to other cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Sebastopol to other cities in the state and across the country, Sebastopol is 41% safer than other cities of California and 25% safer than other cities in the nation. Sebastopol has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Sebastopol

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Sebastopol is 1 in 225
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Sebastopol is 1 in 59
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Sebastopol is 1 in 47
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Sebastopol, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 225. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 59 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 Sebastopol is 1 in 47.

        Year Over Year Crime In Sebastopol (per 100,000 people)

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Sebastopol, 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 Sebastopol has increased by 114%, the amount of property crime in Sebastopol has decreased by 27%, and the total amount of crime in Sebastopol has decreased by 15% year over year.

        Sebastopol police department

        Item Sebastopol California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1951,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.53.63.3
        There are a total of 19 Sebastopol police officers. This results in 2.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30% less than the California average and 22.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in California

        State Total offenders California /100K National /100K
        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.

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Penngrove, CA2,36878368446
        Graton, CA1,743161753914
        Bodega Bay, CA1,0692029471,149
        Occidental, CA8762029471,149
        Dillon Beach, CA3092029471,149
        Tomales, CA1602029471,149
        Forestville, CA3,7882109841,194
        Sebastopol, CA7,6644461,7042,151

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        Perry, IA7,6604517141,165
        Caribou, ME7,65968598666
        Butler, NJ7,66912488500
        Waller, WA7,6723362,9963,331
        Sebastopol, CA7,6644461,7042,151
        Source: The Sebastopol, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.