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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 peopleTemecula/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,826n/a (estimate)2,5322,8432,324
Violent crime175n/a (estimate)157500370
Vehicle theft310n/a277.8471.9282.7
Property crime2,651n/a (estimate)2,3752,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Temecula, CA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Temecula crime rate is higher than the national average by 8.9%. Specifically, there were 175 violent crimes in Temecula, equivalent to 157 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 57.6%. Furthermore, Temecula recorded 2651 property crimes, amounting to 2375 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 21.5%.

When evaluating the Temecula crime rate for every 100,000 residents, it positions itself in the middle range among all cities that reported crime. Our examination of total offenses, spanning both violent and property crimes, indicates that the reported Temecula crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Temecula?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Temecula residents. Out of the respondents (84 in total), 64% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Temecula were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 36% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Temecula a Safe Place to Live?

Is Temecula a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Temecula has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 9%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 7.74 daily incidents, encompassing 0.48 violent crimes and 7.26 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Temecula as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Temecula Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Temecula crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Temecula has increased by 17.3% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 18.2% and property crime has increased by 17.2%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Temecula

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Temecula currently has an unemployment rate of 3.9%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

In Temecula, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 0 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

Temecula has an average rental rate of $1,935 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Temecula crime map

The Temecula crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Temecula 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 Temecula crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Temecula 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

      • Temecula crime rates are 9% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Temecula are 58% lower than the national average
      • In Temecula you have a 1 in 40 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Temecula is safer than 46% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Temecula has increased by 22%

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        Daily Crime In Temecula (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Temecula, California is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Temecula are 1.12 times less than the California average and 1.09 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Temecula are 3.19 times less than than California and 2.36 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Temecula are 1.01 times more than than California and 1.22 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Temecula (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Temecula to every other city in California, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Temecula safe? The gauges above illustrate that Temecula is safer than 74% of every city located within California along with 46% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in California and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Temecula, CA is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Temecula

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Temecula is 1 in 638
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Temecula is 1 in 43
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Temecula is 1 in 40
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Temecula, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 638. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 43 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 Temecula is 1 in 40.

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

        A good indicator of whether Temecula is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Temecula has increased by 24%, while the property crime rate in Temecula has increased by 22% year over year. The number of total crimes in Temecula has increased by 22% year over year.

        Temecula police department

        Item Temecula California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a51,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a3.63.3

        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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Canyon Lake, CA11,237116676792
        Bonsall, CA4,194168789958
        Rainbow, CA2,2111818491,030
        Pala, CA1,0942151,0061,221
        Warm Springs, CA1,4452591,2121,470
        Murrieta, CA114,0662741,2451,519
        Menifee, CA92,9682901,3721,662
        Temecula, CA113,1171572,3752,532

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Costa Mesa, CA112,9585893,5574,146
        Clovis, CA112,6631881,7341,922
        Peoria, IL112,6441,1893,1384,327
        Spring Hill, FL113,7423792,2902,669
        Palm Bay, FL113,7513862,3312,717
        Temecula, CA113,1171572,3752,532
        Source: The Temecula, 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.