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Kern County, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 266,319 total crimes reported in Kern County, California (28,611 of them violent). Of the 26,632 crimes that happen every year in Kern County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Kern County, California every 19 minutes. This includes 428 murders, 1,377 rapes, and almost one hundred and seventy-five thousand thefts (including 34,969 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Kern County, California for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Kern County has grown by 60%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 74%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a dramatic growth in crime over the last 10 years in Kern County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit almost forty-five thousand for Kern County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in Kern County, California (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

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

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Crime Data Information

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