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 peopleWestminster/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,015n/a (estimate)3,3692,8432,324
Violent crime355n/a (estimate)397500370
Vehicle theft458n/a511.8471.9282.7
Property crime2,660n/a (estimate)2,9722,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Westminster, CA

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Westminster crime rate is 45% higher than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Westminster, there were 355 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 397 per 100,000 individuals, 7.3% higher than the national average. Additionally, Westminster recorded 2660 property crimes, amounting to 2972 per 100,000 residents, 52.1% higher than the U.S. average.

For violent crimes per 100,000 people, Westminster has a rate of violent crime that is very close to the national average. There were a total of 397 violent crimes, while the national average reported 370. This is an indication that the level of crime is essentially on par with all other cities.

With a total of 458 vehicle thefts last year, Westminster has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 512 per 100,000 people. This lands Westminster in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 196.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Westminster?

AreaVibes surveyed 25 local residents in Westminster to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 32% of people answered that there was very little crime in Westminster and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 68% 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 Westminster a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Westminster 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. Westminster has a total crime rate that is 45% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 8.26 daily crimes (0.97 violent daily crimes and 7.29 daily property crimes) in Westminster.

Has Crime in Westminster Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Westminster. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Westminster has increased by 7.4%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 37.1%, while property crime has increased by 4.4%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Westminster.

Potential Causes for Crime in Westminster

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Westminster crime rate. The poverty level in Westminster is 15.4%, while the national average is 15.1%.

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in Westminster crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. Westminster has an unemployment rate of 4.2%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Westminster, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 1.32 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Westminster crime map

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

  • Westminster crime rates are 45% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Westminster are 7% higher than the national average
  • In Westminster you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Westminster is safer than 20% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Westminster has increased by 9%

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        Daily Crime In Westminster (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Westminster, per 100,000 residents. In Westminster, the total number of daily crimes is 1.19 times more than the California average and 1.45 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Westminster are 1.26 times less than the California average and 1.07 times more than the national average. For property crime, Westminster has a daily crime rate that is 1.27 times more than the California average and 1.52 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Westminster (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Westminster in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Westminster safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Westminster being safer than 30% of cities in California and 20% 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 Westminster. In conclusion, Westminster ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Westminster

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Westminster is 1 in 253
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Westminster is 1 in 34
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Westminster is 1 in 30
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Westminster? In Westminster, CA you have a 1 in 253 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 34 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Westminster.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Westminster, 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 Westminster has increased by 39%, the amount of property crime in Westminster has increased by 6%, and the total amount of crime in Westminster has increased by 9% year over year.

        Westminster police department

        Item Westminster California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)12151,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.33.63.3
        There are a total of 121 Westminster police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 63.6% less than the California average and 59.5% 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
        Villa Park, CA5,88335893928
        Yorba Linda, CA68,103539961,050
        Rossmoor, CA11,9231908931,083
        La Habra Heights, CA5,318551,0491,104
        North Tustin, CA25,1472161,0121,228
        Bell Gardens, CA41,7703871,1031,490
        Irvine, CA272,694751,4791,554
        Westminster, CA90,8573972,9723,369

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Bellingham, WA90,8214066,5136,919
        Santa Barbara, CA90,9114552,0442,500
        Kirkland, WA91,1461162,3632,479
        San Leandro, CA90,4895774,9205,497
        Carson, CA91,3544742,7443,218
        Westminster, CA90,8573972,9723,369
        Source: The Westminster, 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.