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Sonoma County, California Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 114,803 total crimes reported in Sonoma County, California (15,672 of them violent). Of the 11,480 crimes that take place per year in Sonoma County, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Sonoma County, California every 45 minutes. This includes 84 murders, 1,444 rapes, and just about seventy-eight thousand thefts (including 8,304 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Sonoma County, California for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Sonoma County has risen by 8%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 60%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general rise in crime over the last 10 years in Sonoma County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit at least twelve thousand for Sonoma County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in Sonoma County, 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 counties like Sonoma County, California (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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