2,459 property crimes reported per 100,000 residents
Property crimes are crimes committed against property. California law enforcement agencies report three offenses in this category: burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft. Burglary is the unlawful entry or attempted entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Motor vehicle theft is the theft or attempted theft of a self-propelled vehicle running on land. Larceny-theft is the unlawful or attempted taking of property from the possession or constructive possession of another (excluding frauds such as embezzlement or forgery). Property crime rates published here may differ slightly from rates reported in prior California Department of Justice publications due to differences in how population figures were estimated.
How have property crime rates changed over time?
Like the violent crime rate, California's property crime rate has declined steadily over time. From 1982 to 2014, burglary crime rates were down 74%, motor vehicle theft 41%, and larceny-theft 59%. In 2014, the burglary rate was 526, while motor vehicle theft rate was 394 and larceny-theft rate was 1,539.
California's Property Crime Rates per 100,000 Residents, 1982-2014
How did California's property crime rate compare to rates in other states and nationwide?
California's property crime rate exceeded the national rate from 1960 to 1995, but dropped below the national rate in 1996 and has since stayed below. From the peak year 1980 to most recently in 2014, California's property crime rate dropped 65%, compared to a 51% drop in the national rate. In 2014, California's property crime rate was 2,441 per 100,000 residents, compared to the national rate of 2,596.