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San Mateo County, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 182,353 total crimes reported in San Mateo County, California (20,897 of them violent). Of the 18,235 crimes that happen every year in San Mateo County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in San Mateo County, California every 28 minutes. This includes 188 murders, 1,490 rapes, and almost one hundred and thirty-four thousand thefts (including 21,897 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in San Mateo County, California for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in San Mateo County has grown by 16%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 16%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight growth in crime over the last 10 years in San Mateo County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit almost twenty-one thousand for San Mateo County, California in 2009.

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

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Crime Data Information

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