Violent Crime Stats for California from 2017

May 11, 2018 | Security 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.

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