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San Jose Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 3rd
  • Violent Crimes: 7th (184th per 100k)
  • Murder: 11th (90th per 100k)
  • Rape: 3rd (118th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 7th (214th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 7th (121st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 4th (209th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 4th (215th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 6th (262nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 2nd (55th per 100k)
  • Arson: 10th (183rd per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 11th
  • Violent Crimes: 43rd (2,044th per 100k)
  • Murder: 51st (388th per 100k)
  • Rape: 27th (1,062nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 44th (2,310th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 38th (849th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 30th (3,010th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 28th (2,466th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 36th (4,360th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 9th (170th per 100k)
  • Arson: 41st (744th per 100k)

In Santa Clara County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (7th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (8th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (8th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 1,026,908
  • Households: 314,297
  • Median Income: $84,647.00
  • Land Area: 177.51 miles2
  • Water Area: 3.013 miles2
  • Time Zone: PST

San Jose, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 32 30
Rape 306 375
Agg. Assault 1832 1855
Robbery 1072 1140
Burglary 5167 4896
Vehicle Thefts 7560 7001
Arson 123 93

Violent Crimes in San Jose, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 30
Rape 375
Aggravated Assault 1855
Robbery 1140

Property Crimes in San Jose, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 4896
Larceny 13138
Motor Vehicle Theft 7001
Arson 93

Violent Crimes in San Jose, CA

Year Violent Crimes
2006 3561
2008 3643
2009 3439
2010 3215
2011 3206
2012 3547
2013 3215
2014 3242
2015 3400

Robbery in San Jose, CA

Year Robbery
2006 1030
2008 1124
2009 1025
2010 976
2011 1101
2012 1208
2013 1095
2014 1072
2015 1140

California Criminal Statistics:


As the table-above indicates, major crimes in 2015 in San Jose, CA included 3400 violent crimes and 25035 property crimes. The 3400 violent crimes included: 30 murders, 1855 aggravated assaults, 375 forcible rapes, and 1140 robberies. The 25035 property crimes included: 7001 motor vehicle thefts, 4896 burglaries, 93 counts of arson, and 13138 counts of larceny and/or theft. Of course, there were additional offenses in San Jose, CA which fell outside of the major crime category; these crimes are generally charged as misdemeanors. It is important to realize that the numbers above reflect the reported crime rate, not the actual crime rate. Depending on the crime, there can be a huge disparity between the actual crime rate and the reporting rate.

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

Looking for information on a specific individual in San Jose, CA? BeenVerified can help you locate background check and criminal records for individuals living in San Jose or in the greater San Jose, CA metropolitan area. These records can help you determine if someone has been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime. However, it is important to realize that the absence of a criminal record is no guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior.

Most major metropolitan areas include suburbs and surrounding areas. Crimes in those areas may not be charged in the city, but in the surrounding county or state. Therefore, it may be important to look at statewide crime statistics.


Violent Crimes in the state of California

Year Violent Crimes
2006 194120
2007 191025
2008 185173
2009 174459
2010 164133
2011 154944
2012 160944
2013 154129
2014 153709
2015 166883

You may also want to look at crime trends to compare a city to the state or the country, as a whole. To do this, you do not look at the overall number of crimes, but at the crime rate. It is also helpful to look at crime rates over time to determine whether a city or state is experiencing a growth in crime compared to the country, as a whole. Conventionally, the crime rate is reported as incidents per 1,000 people.

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