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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 2019 crime rate in San Diego, CA is 208 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 1.3 times smaller than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 70.3% U.S. cities. The 2019 San Diego crime rate fell by 2% compared to 2018. The number of homicides stood at 50 - an increase of 15 compared to 2018. In the last 5 years San Diego has seen decline of violent crime and decline of property crime.
See how dangerous San Diego, CA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
San Diego:

208.3
Coronado:

83.5
La Mesa:

179.4
Lemon Grove:

271.2
National City:

260.1
Santee:

110.2
El Cajon:

256.6
Chula Vista:

163.4
Imperial Beach:

134.5
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in San Diego by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
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)
50
(3.5)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
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)
561
(38.9)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
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)
1,346
(93.4)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
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)
3,258
(226.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
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)
3,543
(245.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
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)
18,426
(1,278)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
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)
5,172
(358.7)
Arson
(per 100,000)
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)
122
(8.5)
City-Data.com crime index347.3339.8315.3261.0243.4229.7241.6235.0210.5227.4223.5207.4212.9208.3

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

- means the value is smaller than the state average.
- means the value is about the same as the state average.
- means the value is bigger than the state average.
- means the value is much bigger than the state average.



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 1,401 registered sex offenders living in San Diego, California as of May 17, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in San Diego is 1,004 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.



Violent crime rate in 2019
San Diego:

205.5
U.S. Average:

205.8

Violent crime rate in 2018
San Diego:

211.3
U.S. Average:

208.2

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 2019
San Diego:

166.9
U.S. Average:

178.6

Property crime rate in 2018
San Diego:

170.7
U.S. Average:

190.2

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 2019, including police officers: 2,387 (1,764 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.22
California average:

2.01

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.