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Petaluma, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 14,577 total crimes reported in Petaluma, California (1,495 of them violent). Of the 1,458 crimes that take place per year in Petaluma, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Petaluma, California every 6 hours. This includes 8 murders, 171 rapes, and at least eleven thousand thefts (including 962 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Petaluma, California for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Petaluma has been reduced by 40%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 41%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general improvement in crime over the last 10 years in Petaluma. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to one thousand for Petaluma, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in Petaluma, 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 cities like Petaluma, California (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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