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Crime Statistics of Modesto, CA

Modesto, California is a city with a crime problem.

According to statistics gathered by NeighborhoodScout, Modesto (population 204,631) has a crime rate higher than 96% of the rest of the cities in the United States. One in every 16 residents of Modesto can expect to be a victim of a violent or property crime.
The violent crime rate in Modesto is one of the highest in the nation. In particular, Modesto’s murder rate is twice as high as the United States average. The rates for armed robbery and assault were also about double the average for the rest of the country. A resident of Modesto has a one in 129 chance of becoming a victim of murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, or non-negligent manslaughter, the violent crimes measured in the report.

Modesto’s rate of property crime is just as bad, as residents have a one in 18 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime (either burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, or arson). This is also about twice the national average. More specifically, the city has one of the highest rates of auto theft in the country. There were 1,799 auto thefts in Modesto in the most recent reporting period, and an astonishing one out of every 114 Modestans can expect to have a car stolen – almost four times the national average.

To look at it another way, the number of reported crimes per square mile in Modesto is over nine times the national average. Modesto reports 344 crimes per square mile, while the national median is less than forty crimes per square mile. Obviously this figure can be misleading, since American cities are more densely populated than, say, the Black Hills of South Dakota. Regardless, in terms of crime rates, Modesto ranks among the worst cities in the entire United States.

In such an environment, it is no surprise that the bail bond industry is flourishing.

Bail bonds are contracts between a bail agent and a person charged with a crime (or someone cosigning for that person) guaranteeing that the defendant will appear for all scheduled court appearances. If the defendant fails to show up for any scheduled hearing, the bond guarantees that the court will receive the full amount of bail, and the bail agent (along with the police, of course) will search for the defendant to force him or her to appear. The bail agent charges a non-refundable fee for the bond, usually ten percent of the full amount of bail set by the court. Some bail agents require collateral to secure amount of the bond.

NeighborhoodScout is a data service offered by Location, Inc. The statistics NeighborhoodScout used to compile its report include offenses contained in uniform crime reports collected by the FBI and drawn from reports by 17,000 local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. The data include both violent and property crimes. The full NeighborhoodScout report can be found at

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