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California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 13,411,659 total crimes reported in California (2,003,770 of them violent). Of the 1,341,166 crimes that transpire each year in California, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in California every 23 seconds. This includes 22,874 murders, 95,436 rapes, and over nine million thefts (including 2,182,997 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in California for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in California remained the same. In the course of the same period, violent crime dropped by 12 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow worsening in crime over the last 10 years in California. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit over one million for California in 2009.

Crime Trends in California (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like California (1999-2008)

Individuals are dissuaded against drawing conclusions from ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a particular location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or discrepencies in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual figure bars to see crime data in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

California law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for California 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.