Violent Crime Stats for California from 2017

violent crime stats for the first half of 2017 recently released violent crime statistics for the first half of 2017. They show a slight increase in the numbers for both the State of California and the City of Los Angeles.

Violent Crime Definition

The data compares violent crime stats from January to June for the years 2016 and 2017. For this report, the FBI defines a violent crime as an incident of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery or aggravated assault.


In the first half of 2016, there were 79,215 violent crimes committed. That number includes 531 murders, 3,884 cases of rape, 17,674 robberies and 28,563 aggravated assaults.

During January to June 2017 the numbers were slightly higher.   There were 20 more murders across the state, the number of rapes increased to 4,227 and the robbery cases grew to 18,274. Only the incidents of aggravated assault dropped. In the first half of 2017 there were 27,810. Another way to look at it is that in 2016 aggravated assaults accounted for 56.39% of all violent crimes. In 2017 it was 54.68%, a 1.71% drop.

See a comparison of the two years below:

  • January to June                         2016                      2017
    • Murder                                    531                            551
    • Rape                                         3,884                       4,227
    • Robbery                                   17,674                      18,274
    • Aggravated Assault               28,563                     27,810
    • Total Violent Crimes            50,652                      50,862

Los Angeles

In California’s largest city, we experienced an increase in violent crime, as well. In fact, the trends seen at the state level match what was experienced in Los Angles.

The occurrences of murder, rape and robbery all increased in 2017. But the number of aggravated assaults dropped by 33, or from 35.9% to 35.43%.

  • January to June                        2016                       2017
    • Murder                                   135                            138
    • Rape                                        1,176                         1,212
    • Robbery                                  4,943                        5,165
    • Aggravated Assault              7,958                         7,925
    • Total Violent Crimes            22,170                      22,365

The percentage of violent crimes in LA compared to the city’s population was .55% in 2016 and .56% in 2017. For the sake of comparison, the next largest city, San Diego, saw violent crime percentages at .19% in 2016 and .18% a year later.

The Bottom Line

With violent crime figures continuing to rise, it only makes sense to take steps to secure your business, your employees and your loved ones. Call American Security Force at 877-722-8585 and find out how we can secure those things you care most about.

Violent Crime Up In Los Angeles

violent crime is increasing in Los Angeles

For the second year in a row, the State of California has experienced an increase in violent crime. But our state is not alone. The rest of the country is seeing an increase, as well.

California Stats reports that there were 174,796 violent crimes last year in California. That is an increase of 4.9 percent from the 166,588 offenses in 2015. Last year’s total is 15.4 percent higher than in 2014.

You can also look at that number from a population perspective. With a total statewide population of 39,250,017, the violent crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants was 445.3.

How does that compare with violent crime across the rest of the country? California’s stats are higher than the national trends.

In 2016, there were 1,248,185 incidents in the U.S., which was a 4.1 percent increase over 2015. Nationwide, there were 386.3 offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants. As is the case in California, the country is on an upward swing in violent events. The number dipped in 2014 to just over 1.15 million but has increased in the last two years.

To put California’s violent crimes in perspective, they were just 14% of the total U.S. figure.

Violent Crime in Los Angeles

As expected, the major metropolitan areas in the state experienced more violence. In total, those areas accounted for 170,862 episodes or 97.75 percent of the statewide total.

The City of Los Angeles faced 28,817 violent offenses alone.   Outside of the city limits, but still in the County of Los Angeles, there were 6,124 violent occurrences. Those areas inside the county that experienced the highest amount of increases in offenses were:

  • CSU Northbridge, up by 200 incidents,
  • Westlake Village, up by 166 incidents;
  • Sierra Madre, up by 127 incidents
  • La Habra Heights, up by 100 incidents.

The areas that saw the largest decreases were:

  • Bradbury, down by 100;
  • Rolling Hills, down by 100.

Use of Force Stats

A new stat was counted in 2016, that of the use if force by police officers. Across the state there were 782 reported events. Of those, 328 involved the use of a firearm with 75 percent of those hitting their target.

Los Angeles County had 212 incidents. That is 27 percent of the statewide total.

The Bottom Line

With violent crime figures on the rise in our city, county and state, it only makes sense to take steps to secure your business, your employees and your loved ones. Call American Security Force today at 877-722-8585 to learn how we can bring safety and security to those things you care about most.

Violent Crime: The Most Dangerous Cities

Police car on the street at night responding to a violent released its list of the 100 Most Dangerous Cities for 2016. The study looked at cities with 25,000 people or more and ranked them based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. NeighborhoodScout defines violent crime as murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

The top five cities in order are:

  1. East St. Louis, IL,
  2. Camden, NJ,
  3. Detroit MI,
  4. Alexandria, LA,
  5. Wilmington, DE.

Surprisingly, some of the largest cities in the country, where one assumes violent crime happens, did not make the list, places such as New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Smaller Cities, More Violent Crime?

While many large cities aren’t on the list, some smaller cities near larger metro areas are. For example, Compton and San Bernardino are both near Los Angeles and both made the list. The fact that these smaller cities have a higher violent crime rate challenges the popular notion that these incidents happen predominantly in larger cities. explains that urban violent crime was once thought to exist in inner city, high-rise public housing but now that view has shifted. Today, data has revealed that violent crimes happen in areas where you will find single family homes, abandoned homes, low-income areas and inner suburbs next to decaying cities.

California Cities

Four cities in California made the list. They are Oakland at number 9, Stockton ranks 20th, San Bernardino places 42nd and Compton is in the 44th position. Two of those, San Bernardino and Compton, are cities near Los Angeles. Oakland and Stockton are satellite cities of San Francisco.

While the popular perception is that Los Angeles can be a dangerous place, the data shows that the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people does not even rank it in the top 100.

A Trend

That these smaller cities hold the majority of the positions on the Most Dangerous Cities list seems to be a trend, as well. The data collected by NeighborhoodScout and presented in each of their Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities lists since 2012 supports this theory.

While crime happens wherever there is a large concentration of people, the largest urban centers in our country are not always the most dangerous. NeighborhoodScout’s data has shown that more attention needs to be given to satellite cities to determine what is happening in these places.

In theses areas, private security for your property can deter violent crimes. Call American Security Force today at 877-722-8585 to learn how we can create an individualized security plan.