Lancaster, CA
Crime Rates



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Lancaster, 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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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

The crime rate in Lancaster is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 32 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 Lancaster is 1 in 32. Based on FBI crime data, Lancaster is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Lancaster has a crime rate that is higher than 83% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Lancaster compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Lancaster with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Lancaster'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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster.

For Lancaster, 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 Lancaster is one in 133.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Lancaster's rate for property crime is 24 per one thousand population. This makes Lancaster 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 Lancaster is one in 42.

Importantly, we found that Lancaster 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 Lancaster is one in 216.

Lancaster Crime Data

 

Crime Index

13

(100 is safest)


Safer than 13% of U.S. Cities

Lancaster Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,197

3,828

5,025

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.53

24.07

31.59

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Lancaster 7.53
California 4.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 133

in Lancaster

1 in 224

in California

Lancaster VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 159,053
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 7 94 300 796
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.59 1.89 5.00

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Lancaster 24.07
California 23.80

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 42

in Lancaster

1 in 42

in California

Lancaster Property CRIMES

Population: 159,053
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,007 2,083 738
Rate per 1,000 6.33 13.10 4.64

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Lancaster Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Lancaster 53
California 85