Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleVisalia/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,137n/a (estimate)2,8702,8432,324
Violent crime716n/a (estimate)497500370
Vehicle theft610n/a423.2471.9282.7
Property crime3,421n/a (estimate)2,3732,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Visalia, CA

The Visalia crime rates are 23.5% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 716 violent crimes in Visalia (497 per 100,000 people), which is 34.3% higher than the national average and there were a total of 3421 property crimes (2373 per 100,000 residents) which is 21.4% higher than average.

With a total of 610 vehicle thefts last year, Visalia has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 423 per 100,000 people. This lands Visalia in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 237.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Visalia?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Visalia residents. Out of the respondents (41 in total), 39% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Visalia were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 61% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Visalia a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Visalia 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. Visalia has a total crime rate that is 23% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 11.33 daily crimes (1.96 violent daily crimes and 9.37 daily property crimes) in Visalia.

Has Crime in Visalia Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Visalia has increased by 13.9%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Visalia, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 29%, while property crime has increased by 11.2%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Visalia is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Visalia

Visalia has a poverty rate that stands at 14.6, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Visalia crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

In Visalia, the median home price stands at $254,600, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Visalia has an average rental rate of $1,085 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.

Visalia crime map

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

      • Visalia crime rates are 23% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Visalia are 34% higher than the national average
      • In Visalia you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Visalia is safer than 18% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Visalia has increased by 7%

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        Daily Crime In Visalia (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Visalia for every 100,000 residents. The Visalia total amount of daily crime is 1.01 times more than the California average and 1.23 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Visalia, is 1.01 times less than the California average, and it is 1.34 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Visalia has a daily crime average that is 1.01 times more than the California average and 1.21 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Visalia (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is Visalia safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Visalia is safer than 27% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Visalia is safer than 18% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all California and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Visalia. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Visalia is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Visalia

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Visalia is 1 in 202
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Visalia is 1 in 43
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Visalia is 1 in 35
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Visalia, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 202. 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 Visalia is 1 in 35.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Visalia, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Visalia has increased by 22%, while the property crime rate in Visalia has increased by 5% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Visalia has increased by 7% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Visalia police department

        Item Visalia California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)19751,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.53.63.3
        There are a total of 197 Visalia police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 57.3% less than the California average and 52.5% 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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Woodlake, CA7,7083376881,025
        Patterson Tract, CA2,0032671,2491,516
        Farmersville, CA10,8424641,1301,594
        Matheny, CA1,0362811,3151,596
        London, CA1,5343141,4701,784
        Lindsay, CA12,7933491,7132,062
        Goshen, CA5,3873811,7852,166
        Visalia, CA133,1004972,3732,870

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        Gainesville, FL133,6113592,1722,531
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        Columbia, SC134,0575992,8563,454
        Visalia, CA133,1004972,3732,870
        Source: The Visalia, 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.