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Contra Costa County, California Crime Statistics

This page contains crime rates for Contra Costa County, California. You can look through the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime data over time, and see how Contra Costa County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Contra Costa County, California, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 371,489 total crimes reported in Contra Costa County, California (40,978 of them violent). Of the 37,149 crimes that take place per year in Contra Costa County, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Contra Costa County, California every 14 minutes. This includes 653 murders, 1,805 rapes, and just about two hundred and sixty-five thousand thefts (including 64,474 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Contra Costa County, California for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Contra Costa County has risen by 16%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 17%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general rise in crime over the last 10 years in Contra Costa County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit just about forty-three thousand for Contra Costa County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in Contra Costa County, California (1999-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Contra Costa County, California (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Contra Costa County, California law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Contra Costa County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.

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