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Crime and Safety- Research before you move

Both renters and rental owners often ask how they can see crime activity near their home. Can a resident be alerted when something bad happens in the neighborhood or at the local school(s)? How can this information be provided without violating privacy and fair housing laws?

Several programs exist to monitor crime activity and to provide neighborhood statistical data. Please take advantage of these FREE resources for local residents.

The Crime Statistics and Maps section of the SDPD website contains the following crime data and a link to the San Diego County’s Automated Regional Justice System (ARJIS) website:

•    Numbers of FBI index crimes and crime rates by neighborhood by year for the past three years.
•    Numbers of index crimes and crime rates for the whole city by year since 1950
•    SDPS’s top 10 most wanted list.

The ARJIS website contains index crime data for the past 9 years from which tables of crimes can be generated by time period and city. And for the city of San Diego, tables can be generated for beats, command areas, service areas, council districts and neighborhoods.

This site allows users to view crime activity near their home, near their work or even near their child’s school.  People can view crime activity on the map as well as create simple reports and charts.  Users can subscribe to receive reports via email regarding crime near their location of choice. There is no charge to view the maps, charts, reports, or to receive an overview of designated crimes within San Diego’s city limits. Information shown is for the past ninety days and is updated one time each day. Note: this is a representation of crime and is not all inclusive. At least 80 percent of the total incidents can be geographically represented on the map. Parcel specific information is not provided.

Information on registered sex offenders is available on California’s Megan’s Law website. You can search by name, address, city, zip code, county parks and schools. You can obtain a map of approximate offender locations or a list of offender names. The latter also provides pictures and personal profile information on the offenders. Although this information is updated frequently, its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Offenders may have moved and failed to notify local law enforcement agencies as required by law; the locations of offenders without an established address are not included.  Please remember that not all sex offenders have been caught and convicted and that most sex offenses are committed by family, friends, or acquaintances of the victim. You can also click on the links on the left of the home page to learn how to protect yourself and your family, facts about sex offenders and sex offender requirements in California and to obtain answers to frequently asked questions.

Information provided by Officer Edward Zwibel; SDPD Community Relations Officer; as submitted to the Mission Times Courier



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