El Cajon, CA
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El Cajon, CA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in El Cajon is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 26 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in El Cajon is 1 in 39. Based on FBI crime data, El Cajon is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, El Cajon has a crime rate that is higher than 71% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in El Cajon compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared El Cajon with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether El Cajon's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how El Cajon 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 El Cajon.

For El Cajon, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in El Cajon is one in 185.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that El Cajon's rate for property crime is 20 per one thousand population. This makes El Cajon a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in El Cajon is one in 49.

Importantly, we found that El Cajon 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 El Cajon is one in 282.

El Cajon Crime Data

 

Crime Index

20

(100 is safest)


Safer than 20% of U.S. Cities

El Cajon Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

556

2,088

2,644

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.41

20.33

25.74

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
El Cajon 5.41
California 4.41

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 185

in El Cajon

1 in 227

in California

El Cajon VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 102,708
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 3 38 202 313
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.37 1.97 3.05

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
El Cajon 20.33
California 23.31

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 49

in El Cajon

1 in 43

in California

El Cajon Property CRIMES

Population: 102,708
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 374 1,350 364
Rate per 1,000 3.64 13.14 3.54

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

El Cajon Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
El Cajon 183
California 83