Crime Statistics

This page includes Part I Crime totals for the City of Palo Alto for 2010 through 2019. 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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  2018 2019
Homicide 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1
Rape 4 3 5 4 4 13 10 11 6 10
Robbery* 39 25 26 30 26 26 28 39 30 46
Assault** 70 35 23 21 24 27 35 40 38 29
Burglary Total 217 287 332 242 273 212 221 215 234 179
Larceny - Theft 1,083 937 1,048 1,179 975 1,407 1,161 1,477 1,197 1,724
Stolen Vehicles 49 38 48 69 68 87 65 92 83 83
Arson* 23 13 12 10 3 5 8 6 9 8
Totals 1,485 1,338 1,494 1,555 1,374 1,778 1,529 1,880 1,597 2,080

*Includes attempts
**Does not include simple assaults

Below is a 10-year count of all Calls for Service, Offenses and Accident reports.

Year Calls for Service Offenses Accidents
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
2010 63,966 5,463 1,037


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 a look at crimes reported in the city, please visit the this interactive crime map provided by CityProtect. It can only be accessed through Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.  For more information on crime statistics, please contact our office at 650-329-2536. 

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