Crime Reported from 2008 to 2017
California law enforcement agencies report crime data to the California Department of Justice 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 2008 and 2017 throughout the state.
- In 2017, there were 450.7 violent crimes and 2,491.0 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, 4.1 percent from 2015 to 2016, and 1.5 percent from 2016 to 2017.
- The property crime rate decreased by 2.1 percent from 2016 to 2017 after decreasing 2.9 percent from 2015 to 2016.
- Between 2012 and 2017, arson increased by 9.5 percent and burglary decreased by 31.3 percent. Over the same period of time, aggravated assault increased by 6.6 percent.
Violent crime rate per 100,000 population, 2008-2017
Note: In 2014, the crime of "forcible rape" was changed to "rape". The definition was expanded to include both male and female victims and reflects the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape. For additional information, see Crime in California 2017, Appendix 1 - Data Characteristics and Known Limitations.