Data on this report is based on areas within the legal city boundary, outlined in black on the map. Any additional neighborhoods shown on the map are associated with the city by name and are included for reference only.

Los Altos, 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 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 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 Los Altos is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 13 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 Los Altos is 1 in 79. Based on FBI crime data, Los Altos is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Los Altos has a crime rate that is higher than 31% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Los Altos has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Los Altos is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Los Altos 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 Los Altos.

For Los Altos, NeighborhoodScout found that the violent crime rate is well below the national average for all communities of all population sizes. Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Los Altos than in most of America. One's chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 1383, which is a violent crime rate of 1 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Los Altos's rate for property crime is 12 per one thousand population. This makes Los Altos 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 Los Altos is one in 83.

Los Altos Crime Data

total Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 39% of U.S. cities.

Los Altos Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
National Median: 4
    Los Altos

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 1,383

in Los Altos

1 in 200

in California

Los Altos Violent Crimes

Population: 30,424
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 3 9 10
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.10 0.30 0.33

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
National Median: 20
    Los Altos

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 83

in Los Altos

1 in 43

in California

Property Crimes

Population: 30,424
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 101 240 24
Rate per 1,000 3.32 7.89 0.79

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Los Altos Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
National Median: 27.0
    Los Altos