Crime Statistics

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This page includes statistics on crime in Palo Alto dating back for the past decade.  Uniform Crime Reporting Part I Crime totals for Palo Alto from 2011 through 2020 appear below. Part I Crimes are those that occur with sufficient frequency to provide an adequate basis for comparison from year-to-year and across jurisdictions.

Learn More About the Uniform Crime Reporting Program

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The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The program generates reliable statistics for use in law enforcement, and also provides information for the public, the media, researchers, and criminal justice students.  The program has been providing crime statistics since 1930.

The UCR Program includes data from more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, including local, county, state, tribal, federal, and campus agencies. Agencies participate voluntarily.  Here in Palo Alto, we report monthly crime statistics to the California Department of Justice, which in turn, forwards the information to the UCR Program. The FBI then uses that information to publish their annual Uniform Crime Report; visit the UCR Publications website to download those reports.

For more information on the UCR Program, or to compare crime levels across jurisdictions, visit the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting website.

Statistics Requests

If you would like to request statistical information from our Crime Analysis Unit for specific locations in Palo Alto during a given time period, you can download the Statistics Request Form below.  Once you complete the form, you can e-mail it to us at pd@cityofpaloalto.org, drop it off at the front desk of the police station during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), or send it to us via U.S. Mail at 275 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

We will notify you when your report is ready, and we will mail it to you or you can pick it up.  Please note there is a $60.00 per hour fee charged for any research required to produce more in-depth or complicated statistical reports.  Payment, if necessary, can be sent via mail or in person.

For more information on crime statistics, contact our Crime Analysis Unit at (650) 329-2536.

Download the Statistics Request Form(PDF, 62KB)

View Interactive Crime Map

If you would like to view an interactive map of crime in Palo Alto, click the link below to visit the CityProtect website.  We supply our crime data directly to CityProtect.

Once you click the link, choose the option "Explore Crime Map," then select the "Filters" link in the upper left corner to enter search terms.  In order to pull up limited details on any crime, you will need to zoom in close enough that the colored dot on the map showing the crime location changes to a larger, crime-specific icon.

Note that the CityProtect map can only be accessed via the Google Chrome browser or the Mozilla Firefox browser.

View Interactive Crime Map

 

Palo Alto Crime Statistics, 2011-2020

Crimes 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Homicide 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Rape 12 10 6 11 10 13 4 4 5 3
Robbery* 39 46 30 39 28 26 26 30 26 25
Assault** 30 29 38 40 35 27 24 21 23 35
Burglary Total 243 179 234 215 221 212 273 242 332 287
Larceny - Theft 1,571 1,724 1,197 1,477 1,161 1,407 975 1,179 1,048 937
Stolen Vehicles 112 83 83 92 65 87 68 69 48 38
Arson* 22 8 9 6 8 5 3 10 12 13
Totals 2,030 2,080 1,597 1,880 1,529 1,778 1,374 1,555 1,494 1,338

*Includes attempts
**Does not include simple assaults

Calls for Service, Offenses, and Collisions, 2011-2020

Year Calls for Service Offenses Collisions
2020 44,654 4,665 446
2019 51,417 5,611 836
2018 55,798 5,715 993
2017 54,926 5,938 952
2016 52,366 5,534 969
2015 58,243 6,729 1,025
2014 59,773 6,058 1,108
2013 65,861 5,764 1,173
2012 62,783 5,607 1,001
2011 59,815 4,921 1,096