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Crime rate in San Diego, California (CA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in San Diego, CA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in San Diego, CA

The 2018 crime rate in San Diego, CA was 213 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.3 times smaller than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 70.5% of U.S. cities. The 2018 San Diego crime rate rose by 3% compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 35. In the last 5 years San Diego has seen an increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime.
See how dangerous San Diego, CA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
San Diego:

212.9
Coronado:

79.3
La Mesa:

165.9
Lemon Grove:

247.8
National City:

243.3
Santee:

126.6
El Cajon:

254.5
Chula Vista:

160.5
Imperial Beach:

141.1
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in San Diego by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
51
(4.0)
68
(5.4)
59
(4.7)
55
(4.3)
41
(3.1)
29
(2.2)
38
(2.9)
47
(3.5)
39
(2.9)
32
(2.3)
37
(2.6)
50
(3.5)
35
(2.5)
35
(2.4)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
376
(29.6)
348
(27.5)
296
(23.5)
376
(29.6)
318
(24.2)
300
(22.8)
293
(22.2)
304
(22.7)
316
(23.4)
371
(27.1)
566
(40.4)
572
(40.5)
559
(39.3)
605
(42.1)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1,862
(146.4)
2,164
(170.8)
2,095
(166.1)
2,019
(158.8)
1,905
(144.9)
1,636
(124.6)
1,456
(110.6)
1,517
(113.3)
1,456
(107.9)
1,318
(96.3)
1,378
(98.4)
1,387
(98.1)
1,410
(99.0)
1,439
(100.2)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
4,314
(339.1)
3,811
(300.8)
3,882
(307.8)
3,597
(282.9)
3,667
(278.9)
3,651
(278.0)
3,317
(251.9)
3,661
(273.5)
3,492
(258.8)
3,493
(255.2)
3,601
(257.1)
3,323
(235.1)
3,217
(225.9)
3,281
(228.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
7,462
(586.6)
7,746
(611.4)
7,679
(608.9)
7,743
(608.9)
6,693
(509.1)
6,387
(486.3)
5,840
(443.5)
5,902
(440.9)
6,355
(471.0)
5,115
(373.7)
5,129
(366.2)
4,743
(335.6)
3,817
(268.0)
3,752
(261.2)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
24,613
(1,935)
24,125
(1,904)
23,264
(1,845)
21,945
(1,726)
18,057
(1,373)
17,977
(1,369)
17,610
(1,337)
19,188
(1,434)
19,230
(1,425)
16,691
(1,219)
18,933
(1,352)
18,042
(1,276)
17,294
(1,214)
18,482
(1,287)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
14,138
(1,111)
13,338
(1,053)
13,224
(1,049)
10,677
(839.6)
7,496
(570.1)
6,389
(486.4)
6,259
(475.3)
6,610
(493.8)
6,143
(455.3)
5,006
(365.8)
5,096
(363.9)
5,839
(413.1)
5,135
(360.6)
5,182
(360.7)
Arson
(per 100,000)
233
(18.3)
185
(14.6)
200
(15.9)
190
(14.9)
186
(14.1)
155
(11.8)
153
(11.6)
183
(13.7)
178
(13.2)
209
(15.3)
174
(12.4)
239
(16.9)
158
(11.1)
187
(13.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)350.8347.3339.8315.3261.0243.4229.7241.6235.0210.5227.4223.5207.4212.9

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 1,380 registered sex offenders living in San Diego, California as of May 24, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in San Diego is 1,019 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.



Violent crime rate in 2018
San Diego:

211.3
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
San Diego:

206.6
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
San Diego:

214.2
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
San Diego:

223.5
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
San Diego:

207.5
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
San Diego:

212.6
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
San Diego:

223.2
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
San Diego:

209.2
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
San Diego:

228.5
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
San Diego:

242.3
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
San Diego:

259.0
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
San Diego:

269.8
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
San Diego:

274.0
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
San Diego:

280.3
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
San Diego:

225.2
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
San Diego:

246.4
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
San Diego:

237.8
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
San Diego:

170.7
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
San Diego:

168.4
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
San Diego:

192.9
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
San Diego:

195.4
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
San Diego:

190.6
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
San Diego:

233.7
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
San Diego:

233.9
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
San Diego:

226.8
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
San Diego:

238.7
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
San Diego:

256.0
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
San Diego:

334.0
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
San Diego:

371.3
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
San Diego:

375.4
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
San Diego:

380.8
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
San Diego:

286.6
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
San Diego:

296.1
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
San Diego:

270.8
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 2,332 (1,731 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.21
California average:

1.99

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 2,282 (1,752 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.23
California average:

1.98

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 2,522 (1,815 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.28
California average:

2.00

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 2,545 (1,887 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.35
California average:

2.00

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 2,520 (1,876 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.37
California average:

2.01

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 2,511 (1,875 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.39
California average:

2.02

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 2,481 (1,866 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.39
California average:

2.04

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 2,455 (1,834 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.39
California average:

2.09

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 2,516 (1,863 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.42
California average:

2.19

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 2,647 (1,894 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.44
California average:

2.24

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 2,775 (1,987 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.56
California average:

2.27

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 2,675 (1,924 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.53
California average:

2.21

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 2,701 (1,911 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.56
California average:

2.38

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 2,823 (2,070 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.69
California average:

2.34

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 2,765 (2,031 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.66
California average:

2.36

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 2,823 (2,062 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.69
California average:

2.42

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in San Diego, CA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 92037, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92113, 92114, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92129, 92132, 92134, 92140, 92145, 92147, 92173.