Map of San Diego, CA

Crime Statistics of San Diego, CA

San Diego is one of the largest cities in America in terms of population. Despite this fact, the city’s crime statistics compare favorably with other parts of the country. The rates for most violent and property crimes in San Diego are in fact lower than the U.S. average.


San Diego has nearly 1,340,000 inhabitants, which makes it the eighth most populous city in the U.S. Among the many large cities in California, its population is only surpassed by Los Angeles. Its crime index, which is based on selected violent and property offenses, is 27. This means that San Diego is safer than 27 percent of the cities in the U.S., which is impressive when considering that it is a large urban area. In terms of the actual number of crimes, some 38,000 offenses were reported in San Diego in 2012, the vast majority of which involved the theft of or damage to property. Approximately 15 percent of the reported offenses fell into the category of violent crime, in which there is actual or potential harm to someone.

In terms of the most serious crimes, San Diego experienced 47 murders and 315 rapes during the year. The rates per 1,000 residents for these two crimes were 0.04 and 0.24 respectively, which are both lower than the national rates for these offenses. San Diego also experienced some 1,500 robberies and just under 3,700 assaults. The rates per 1,000 residents for these crimes were 1.14 and 2.74 respectively, which were slightly higher than the U.S. average.

The overall property crime rate in San Diego in 2012 was some 30 percent lower than the U.S. average. The lower rates of burglary and general theft account for this statistic. However, the rate of vehicle theft rate in San Diego was more than twice the U.S. average. More than 6,600 cases of vehicle theft were reported in San Diego during the year, which represented a rate of 4.95 per 1,000 residents. Within California, the overall crime rate in San Diego measured favorably with other parts of the state.

The chance of being victimized by a criminal in San Diego was one in 241, compared to the state average of one in 236. Being a large city, San Diego can expect to have more crimes per square mile, which is why, at 100, the rate in this category is more than double the U.S. average. However, the rate is low when compared to another California metropolis, Los Angeles, which in 2012 experienced more than 200 crimes per square mile.

No matter where they reside, Americans often find themselves in trouble with the law. Someone who is charged with a criminal offense will normally be allowed to remain free on bail until the case is resolved. Those who are so charged should consider seeking the services of a bail bond agent, who can help guarantee them of the rights to which criminal defendants in this country are entitled.

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