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San Luis Obispo County, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 59,211 total crimes reported in San Luis Obispo County, California (5,833 of them violent). Of the 5,921 crimes that occur a year in San Luis Obispo County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in San Luis Obispo County, California 17 times a day. This includes 34 murders, 712 rapes, and more than forty thousand thefts (including 2,958 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in San Luis Obispo County, California for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in San Luis Obispo County increased by 30 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 42 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in San Luis Obispo County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than seven thousand for San Luis Obispo County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo County, California law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for San Luis Obispo 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.

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