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Merced County, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 87,672 total crimes reported in Merced County, California (12,157 of them violent). Of the 8,767 crimes that occur a year in Merced County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Merced County, California every 59 minutes. This includes 130 murders, 631 rapes, and nearly fifty-six thousand thefts (including 7,563 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Merced County, California for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Merced County increased by 38 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 48 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 10 years in Merced County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly twelve thousand for Merced County, California in 2009.

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

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

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

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Crime Data Information

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