San Diego, CA Criminal and Public Records

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About San Diego

San Diego is located in San Diego County, with a population of 1,394,928. This makes it the 2nd most populous city in California. It has an average income of $66,116.00.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 5,582 reported major violent crimes (0.003986 per person) and 29,158 reported major property crimes in San Diego (0.02082 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 San Diego.

Crime Rates Compared to California

When it comes to major violent crimes, San Diego has 0.003986 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.009947 violent crimes per person statewide.

San Diego has 0.02082 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.06109 per person statewide.


San Diego Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 2nd
  • Violent Crimes: 4th (144th per 100k)
  • Murder: 9th (93rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 2nd (96th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 2nd (140th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 4th (150th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 3rd (264th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 3rd (303rd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 3rd (246th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 5th (169th per 100k)
  • Arson: 7th (158th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 9th
  • Violent Crimes: 23rd (1,677th per 100k)
  • Murder: 45th (391st per 100k)
  • Rape: 12th (1,022nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 20th (1,761st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 32nd (951st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 24th (3,717th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 26th (3,115th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 23rd (4,140th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 16th (632nd per 100k)
  • Arson: 22nd (710th per 100k)

In San Diego County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (7th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (8th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (9th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (4th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 1,394,928
  • Households: 485,091
  • Median Income: $66,116.00
  • Land Area: 325.195 miles2
  • Water Area: 47.199 miles2
  • Time Zone: PST

San Diego, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 32 37
Rape 371 566
Agg. Assault 3493 3601
Robbery 1318 1378
Burglary 5115 5129
Vehicle Thefts 5006 5096
Arson 209 174

Violent Crimes in San Diego, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 37
Rape 566
Aggravated Assault 3601
Robbery 1378

Property Crimes in San Diego, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 5129
Larceny 18933
Motor Vehicle Theft 5096
Arson 174

Agg. Assault in San Diego, CA

Year Agg. Assault
2006 3811
2008 3597
2009 3667
2010 3651
2011 3317
2012 3661
2013 3492
2014 3493
2015 3601

Murder in San Diego, CA

Year Murder
2006 68
2008 55
2009 41
2010 29
2011 38
2012 47
2013 39
2014 32
2015 37

California Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large San Diego 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
Murder 1699 1861
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 San Diego 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 San Diego is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of California or nationwide.


Agg. Assault in the state of California

Year Agg. Assault
2006 111455
2007 109210
2008 104743
2009 99681
2010 95877
2011 91197
2012 94702
2013 89029
2014 91803
2015 99349

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