Crime Reported from 2007 to 2016
California law enforcement agencies report crime data to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of the Federal Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR). This data summarizes counts for eight crimes: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault (together, "violent crimes"), burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft (together, "property crimes"), and arson. When more than one crime occurred during an incident, only the most serious crime is recorded with the exception of arson. This page presents information on over 11 million violent and property crimes reported between 2007 and 2016 throughout the state.
- In 2016, there were 443.9 violent crimes and 2,544.5 property crimes reported per 100,000 population. California’s property and violent crime rates have generally been in steady decline since 1993.
- After reaching a low in 2014, the violent crime rate increased by 8.4 percent from 2014 to 2015 and 4.1 percent from 2015 to 2016.
- Conversely, the property crime rate decreased by 2.9 percent from 2015 to 2016 after increasing by 6.6 percent from 2014 to 2015.
- Between 2011 and 2016, motor vehicle theft increased by 14.7 percent and burglary dropped by 22 percent. Over the same period of time, aggravated assault increased by 8.9 percent.