Crime Statistics

This page includes Part I Crime totals for the City of Palo Alto for 2009 through 2015. Part I crimes are crimes that occur with sufficient frequency to provide an adequate basis for comparison.

What is Uniform Crime Reporting?

Uniform Crime Reporting is a law enforcement program designed to provide a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistics by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Each agency is required to report monthly crime statistics to the California Department of Justice, which in turn forwards the information to the FBI. The FBI then uses this information to publish their annual Uniform Crime Report.

For practical purposes, the reporting of known offenses is limited to the crime classifications listed in the Part I Crimes summary because they are crimes most likely to be reported and crimes that occur with sufficient frequency to provide an adequate basis for comparison.

Crimes  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017 
Homicide  1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Rape* 9 4 3 5 4 4 13 10 11
Robbery* 29 39 25 26 30 26 26 28 39
Assault** 63 70 35 23 21 24 27 35 40
Burglary Total 267 217 287 332 242 273 212 221 215
Larceny-Theft* 1350 1083 937 1048 1179 975 1407 1161 1478
Motor Vehicle 50 49 38 48 69 68 87 65 92
Theft* 50 49 38 48 69 68 87 65 92
Arson* 33 23 13 12 10 3 5 8 6
Totals 1802 1485 1338 1494 1555 1374 1778 1678 1881

*Includes attempts
**Does not include simple assaults

Below is a 9-year count of all Calls for Service, Offenses and Accident reports.

Year
Calls For Service
Offenses
Accidents
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

2010        

 63,966

5,463

1,037

2009

63,950

6,171

1,011


Visit the FedStats page to view a breakdown of the population based on various factors.

Visit the FBI's website to see nationwide crime statistics and comparisons.

You can now request statistical information for specific locations in Palo Alto during a given time period. There is a $60.00 per hour fee charged for research required to produce more in depth or complicated statistical reports. To request this service,
you can download a Statistics Request form. You can complete it in one of three ways:

    1.
It can be filled out online and then printed out and either mailed to, or brought to, the Police Department. 
    2. It can be printed out, completed by hand, and either mailed to, or brought to, the Police Department. 
    3. It can be filled out online, saved, and e-mailed to the Police Department (pd@cityofpaloalto.org) as an attachment.

The requester will be notified when the report is ready.  Payment can be sent via mail or in person. The report will be mailed or can be picked up in person.

For more information on crime statistics, please contact our office at 650-329-2536

VIEW: Palo Alto PD's CrimeReports.com mapping application

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