Palo Alto, CA Criminal and Public Records

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About Palo Alto

Palo Alto is located in Santa Clara County, with a population of 66,853. This makes it the 127th most populous city in California. It has an average income of $136,519.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 68 reported major violent crimes (0.001007 per person) and 1,704 reported major property crimes in Palo Alto (0.025222 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 Palo Alto.

Crime Rates Compared to California

When it comes to major violent crimes, Palo Alto has 0.001007 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.009947 violent crimes per person statewide.

Palo Alto has 0.025222 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.06109 per person statewide.


Palo Alto Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 127th
  • Violent Crimes: 194th (389th per 100k)
  • Murder: 26th (89th per 100k)
  • Rape: 61st (205th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 181st (401st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 132nd (288th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 134th (189th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 157th (342nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 99th (103rd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 197th (358th per 100k)
  • Arson: 50th (184th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 516th
  • Violent Crimes: 565th (3,800th per 100k)
  • Murder: 76th (387th per 100k)
  • Rape: 178th (1,234th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 459th (3,574th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 316th (1,503rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 561st (2,871st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 516th (3,439th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 485th (2,488th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 430th (2,018th per 100k)
  • Arson: 112th (745th per 100k)

In Santa Clara County (2015)

  • Population: 6th
  • Violent Crimes: 9th (10th per 100k)
  • Murder: 2nd (3rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 5th (5th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 10th (9th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 9th (9th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 7th (5th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 9th (12th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 6th (4th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 8th (10th per 100k)
  • Arson: 8th (9th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 66,853
  • Households: 26,087
  • Median Income: $136,519
  • Land Area: 23.865 miles2
  • Water Area: 1.907 miles2
  • Time Zone: PDT

Palo Alto, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 0 2
Rape 3 13
Agg. Assault 27 27
Robbery 29 26
Burglary 257 213
Vehicle Thefts 66 86
Arson 2 6

Violent Crimes in Palo Alto, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 2
Rape 13
Aggravated Assault 27
Robbery 26

Property Crimes in Palo Alto, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 213
Larceny 1405
Motor Vehicle Theft 86
Arson 6

Burglary in Palo Alto, CA

Year Burglary
2006 399
2008 366
2009 267
2010 217
2011 286
2012 327
2013 242
2014 257
2015 213

Agg. Assault in Palo Alto, CA

Year Agg. Assault
2006 29
2008 34
2009 69
2010 15
2011 37
2012 23
2013 21
2014 27
2015 27

California Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto 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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