Lawndale, CA
Crime Rates


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Lawndale, CA crime analytics

The crime rate in Lawndale is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 21 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 Lawndale is 1 in 47. Based on FBI crime data, Lawndale is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Lawndale has a crime rate that is higher than 48% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

For Lawndale, 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 Lawndale is one in 169.

Moreover, the rate of property crime in Lawndale; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 15 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.

Importantly, we found that Lawndale 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 Lawndale is one in 312.

Lawndale Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 34% of U.S. Cities

Lawndale Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Lawndale 5.92
California 4.26
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 169

in Lawndale

1 in 235

in California
Population: 33,430
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 9 63 126
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.27 1.88 3.77
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)

Lawndale 15.26
California 26.18
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 66

in Lawndale

1 in 38

in California
Lawndale Property CRIMES
Population: 33,430
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 115 288 107
Rate per 1,000 3.44 8.62 3.20
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

Lawndale Crimes Per Square Mile

Lawndale 359
California 90