Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Criminal and Public Records

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About Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita is located in Orange County, with a population of 49,324. This makes it the 178th most populous city in California. It has an average income of $105,328.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 44 reported major violent crimes (0.000885 per person) and 303 reported major property crimes in Rancho Santa Margarita (0.006094 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Crime Rates Compared to California

When it comes to major violent crimes, Rancho Santa Margarita has 0.000885 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.009947 violent crimes per person statewide.

Rancho Santa Margarita has 0.006094 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.06109 per person statewide.


Rancho Santa Margarita Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 178th
  • Violent Crimes: 216th (407th per 100k)
  • Rape: 66th (224th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 181st (377th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 149th (344th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 323rd (453rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 270th (443rd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 281st (444th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 262nd (437th per 100k)
  • Arson: 55th (237th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 768th
  • Violent Crimes: 589th (3,913th per 100k)
  • Murder: 77th (413th per 100k)
  • Rape: 183rd (1,265th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 459th (3,434th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 333rd (1,706th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1,480th (7,212th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 683rd (5,185th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1,295th (6,787th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 507th (3,065th per 100k)
  • Arson: 117th (814th per 100k)

In Orange County (2015)

  • Population: 22nd
  • Violent Crimes: 24th (26th per 100k)
  • Rape: 17th (18th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 24th (24th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 24th (29th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 31st (34th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 30th (34th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 30th (34th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 31st (34th per 100k)
  • Arson: 14th (24th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 49,324
  • Households: 16,980
  • Median Income: $105,328
  • Land Area: 12.895 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.044 miles2
  • Time Zone: PDT

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Rape 10 8
Agg. Assault 16 27
Robbery 1 9
Burglary 39 45
Vehicle Thefts 16 9
Arson 0 1

Violent Crimes in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Rape 8
Aggravated Assault 27
Robbery 9

Property Crimes in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 45
Larceny 249
Motor Vehicle Theft 9
Arson 1

Burglary in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Year Burglary
2006 78
2008 96
2009 71
2011 66
2013 77
2014 39
2015 45

Robbery in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Year Robbery
2006 9
2008 6
2009 6
2011 9
2013 6
2014 1
2015 9

California Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Rancho Santa Margarita is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 153709 166883
Rape 19925 22198
Agg. Assault 91803 99349
Robbery 48680 52862
Property Crimes 947192 1024914
Burglary 202670 197404
Larceny 592670 656517
Vehicle Thefts 151852 170993
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Rancho Santa Margarita compares to the rest of California or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Rancho Santa Margarita is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of California or nationwide.


Burglary in the state of California

Year Burglary
2006 246464
2007 237025
2008 237835
2009 230137
2010 228857
2011 230090
2012 245767
2013 232058
2014 202670
2015 197404

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