Carlsbad, NM
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Carlsbad, NM crime analytics

With a crime rate of 52 per one thousand residents, Carlsbad has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 19. Within New Mexico, more than 87% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Carlsbad.

Importantly, when you compare Carlsbad to other communities of similar population, then Carlsbad crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad.

For Carlsbad, 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 Carlsbad is one in 168.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Carlsbad is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Carlsbad, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 22, which is a rate of 46 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad is one in 213.

Carlsbad Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

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Carlsbad Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Carlsbad 5.94
New Mexico 6.56
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 168

in Carlsbad

1 in 152

in New Mexico
Population: 28,957
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 2 38 * 19 113
Rate per 1,000 0.07 1.31 0.66 3.90
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.
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)

Carlsbad 46.00
New Mexico 36.97
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 22

in Carlsbad

1 in 27

in New Mexico
Carlsbad Property CRIMES
Population: 28,957
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 288 908 136
Rate per 1,000 9.95 31.36 4.70
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

Carlsbad Crimes Per Square Mile

Carlsbad 51
New Mexico 26

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