Los Altos, CA Criminal and Public Records

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About Los Altos

Los Altos is located in Santa Clara County, with a population of 30,671. This makes it the 240th most populous city in California. It has an average income of $175,938.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 6 reported major violent crimes (0.000196 per person) and 333 reported major property crimes in Los Altos (0.010883 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 Los Altos.

Crime Rates Compared to California

When it comes to major violent crimes, Los Altos has 0.000196 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.009947 violent crimes per person statewide.

Los Altos has 0.010883 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.06109 per person statewide.


Los Altos Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 240th
  • Violent Crimes: 251st (442nd per 100k)
  • Rape: 70th (238th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 206th (431st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 157th (376th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 312th (429th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 209th (289th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 302nd (429th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 252nd (412th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 1,280th
  • Violent Crimes: 627th (4,557th per 100k)
  • Murder: 77th (413th per 100k)
  • Rape: 187th (1,295th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 485th (3,916th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 341st (1,854th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1,450th (5,988th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 608th (2,948th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1,350th (6,361st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 497th (2,628th per 100k)
  • Arson: 117th (825th per 100k)

In Santa Clara County (2015)

  • Population: 13th
  • Violent Crimes: 13th (13th per 100k)
  • Rape: 12th (8th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 13th (13th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 13th (14th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 13th (13th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 12th (9th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 12th (13th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 11th (13th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 30,671
  • Households: 10,877
  • Median Income: $175,938
  • Land Area: 6.474 miles2
  • Time Zone: PDT

Los Altos, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Rape 2 4
Agg. Assault 2 1
Robbery 3 1
Burglary 118 120
Vehicle Thefts 11 19
Arson 2 0

Violent Crimes in Los Altos, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Rape 4
Aggravated Assault 1
Robbery 1

Property Crimes in Los Altos, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 120
Larceny 194
Motor Vehicle Theft 19
Arson 0

Vehicle Thefts in Los Altos, CA

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 19
2008 10
2009 13
2010 3
2011 11
2012 8
2013 17
2014 11
2015 19

Arson in Los Altos, CA

Year Arson
2006 3
2008 3
2009 2
2010 6
2011 2
2012 3
2013 4
2014 2
2015 0

California Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Los Altos 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 Los Altos 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 Los Altos is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of California or nationwide.


Vehicle Thefts in the state of California

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 242693
2007 219392
2008 192527
2009 164021
2010 152524
2011 146848
2012 168608
2013 165292
2014 151852
2015 170993

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