Crime in San Bernardino, California

San Bernardino's crime rate

There were 11,939 crimes reported in San Bernardino, California in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 5,509 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does San Bernardino compare?

San Bernardino has one of the highest overall crime rates of any U.S. city. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

San Bernardino's overall crime rate is 99% higher than the overall crime rate in California. Statewide, there were 1,095,445 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,772 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In San Bernardino, however, property crimes account for only about 76% of all offenses.

Despite accounting for a smaller than average share of total offenses, property crime is more prevalent in San Bernardino than it is nationwide. There were 9,081 property crimes in San Bernardino in 2019, or 4,190 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in San Bernardino. There were 4,974 larcenies reported in San Bernardino in 2019, or 2,295 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 2,029 break-ins reported in San Bernardino in 2019, or 936 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In San Bernardino, meanwhile, there were 2,078 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 959 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In San Bernardino, however, violent offenses account for a larger 24% share of all reported crime.

At 1,319 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in San Bernardino is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in San Bernardino reported a total of 2,858 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in San Bernardino. There were 1,766 aggravated assaults reported in San Bernardino in 2019, or 815 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 906 robberies reported in San Bernardino in 2019, a rate of 418 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 140 rapes reported in San Bernardino in 2019, or 65 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 46 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in San Bernardino is 21.2 murders for every 100,000 people, more than four times higher than the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

San Bernardino compared to other cities in California

San Bernardino has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in California. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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