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Palm Desert, 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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 Palm Desert is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 33 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 Palm Desert is 1 in 30. Based on FBI crime data, Palm Desert is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Palm Desert has a crime rate that is higher than 87% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Palm Desert to other communities of similar population, then Palm Desert crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Palm Desert does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Palm Desert 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 Palm Desert.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Palm Desert 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 Palm Desert; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 409. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Palm Desert is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Palm Desert, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 33, which is a rate of 31 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Palm Desert 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 Palm Desert is one in 281.

Palm Desert Crime Data

 

Crime Index

12

(100 is safest)


Safer than 12% of U.S. Cities

Palm Desert Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

125

1,567

1,692

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.44

30.63

33.07

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
2.44
4.4
National Median: 4
    Palm Desert
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 409

in Palm Desert

1 in 227

in California

Palm Desert VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 51,163
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 5 28 92
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.10 0.55 1.80

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
30.63
21.3
National Median: 19
    Palm Desert
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 33

in Palm Desert

1 in 47

in California

Palm Desert Property CRIMES

Population: 51,163
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 279 1,106 182
Rate per 1,000 5.45 21.62 3.56

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Palm Desert Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
63
77
National Median: 26.9
    Palm Desert
    California