Berkeley, CA
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Berkeley, CA crime analytics


With a crime rate of 61 per one thousand residents, Berkeley has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 16. Within California, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Berkeley.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 120,972, Berkeley has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Berkeley does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Berkeley.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Berkeley does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Berkeley.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Berkeley occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Berkeley; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 210. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Berkeley is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Berkeley, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 18, which is a rate of 56 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Berkeley has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Berkeley is one in 156.

Berkeley Crime Data

 

Crime Index

3

(100 is safest)


Safer than 3% of U.S. Cities

Berkeley Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

575

6,812

7,387

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.75

56.31

61.06

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Berkeley 4.75
California 4.26

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 210

in Berkeley

1 in 235

in California

Berkeley VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 120,972
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 53 349 172
Rate per 1,000 0.01 0.44 2.88 1.42

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Berkeley 56.31
California 26.18

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 18

in Berkeley

1 in 38

in California

Berkeley Property CRIMES

Population: 120,972
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,134 4,904 774
Rate per 1,000 9.37 40.54 6.40

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Berkeley Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Berkeley 701
California 90