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Santa Clara County, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 465,686 total crimes reported in Santa Clara County, California (58,732 of them violent). Of the 46,569 crimes that happen every year in Santa Clara County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Santa Clara County, California every 11 minutes. This includes 389 murders, 4,162 rapes, and greater than three hundred and thirty-six thousand thefts (including 62,374 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Santa Clara County, California for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Santa Clara County has grown by 5%. During the same interval, violent crime decreased by 31%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight growth in crime over the last 10 years in Santa Clara County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit greater than fifty-one thousand for Santa Clara County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County, California (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

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