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San Diego County, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 981,448 total crimes reported in San Diego County, California (131,132 of them violent). Of the 98,145 crimes that occur a year in San Diego County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in San Diego County, California every 5 minutes. This includes 993 murders, 7,504 rapes, and nearly six hundred and eighty-seven thousand thefts (including 205,548 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in San Diego County, California for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in San Diego County increased by 7 percent. Over the same time frame, violent crime fell by 1 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in San Diego County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than one hundred and eight thousand for San Diego County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in San Diego 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 San Diego County, California (1999-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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