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Crime Statistics of Visalia, CA

Visalia, California has a problem with crime.

Statistics gathered by NeighborhoodScout reveal that the crime rate in Visalia (population 127,081 in 2012) is higher than 91% of all the cities in the US. One in every 21 Visalia residents should expect to be the victim of a property crime or a crime of violence.

NeighborhoodScout’s analysis shows that Visalia’s rate of violent crime is higher than most cities in the United States regardless of size. Residents of Visalia have a 1 in 234 chance of becoming victims of armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder (the violent crimes covered in the study). Four such crimes take place for each one thousand residents of Visalia.

The rate of property crime in Visalia is even worse. Visalia residents have a one in 23 chance of becoming a victim of one of the property crimes measured in the report (burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, or arson). This translates to a rate of 44 such incidents for every one thousand in population.

With respect to auto theft, Visalia has one of the highest rates in the country. There were 529 auto thefts in Visalia during a recent reporting period, and one out of every 241 Visalians can expect to have to report a stolen car – almost twice the national average.

Looking at the data in another way, the number of reported crimes per square mile in Visalia is over four times the national average. The reports indicate that Visalia has 167 crimes per square mile, while the median for all of the United States is under forty crimes per square mile. Of course, this figure could be misleading, as cities in the United State are more densely populated than Eastern Montana, for example. Nevertheless, Visalia ranks among the worst cities in the entire United States in terms of crime rates.

In light of these facts, it is not surprising that one industry that is flourishing is the provision of bail bonds.

A bail bond is a contract between a person charged with a crime (or someone cosigning for that person) and a person or company known as a “bail agent” or “bondsman” that is designed to guarantee that a criminal defendant will be present at all court appearances related to the charge. If the defendant does not show up for any scheduled hearing, the bondsman guarantees the court will receive the full amount of the defendant’s bail, and the bondsman (together with the state authorities, of course) will find for the defendant and force him or her to appear in front of the judge. The bail agent charges a fee for this service, frequently ten percent of the full amount of bail the court has set. The fee is non-refundable. Some bondsmen require collateral to secure the full amount of the bond, especially if the bail is high or the charge is for a serious crime.

NeighborhoodScout used data to compile its report that come from 17,000 local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. The full report is found at

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