Is Redondo Beach Safe? (Crime Rates and Crime Stats)


Redondo Beach is a quiet beach side city in the South Bay of Los Angeles that caters to families and anyone looking for a relaxed and chill environment.

If you are thinking about visiting Redondo Beach and have qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered. We deep dived into the statistics, crime rates and talked to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe the safe the city really is.

Is Redondo Beach safe?

Redondo Beach is a very safe city as indicated by its crime rates, which are below the national average. In 2020, Redondo Beach had a violent crime rate of 233.32 per 100,000 residents, which is 41% less than the national average and its property crime rate of 1,986.70 per 100,000 residents is on par with the national average.

The national average for violent crime is 366.7 per 100,000 residents and the national average for property crime is 2,109.9 per 100,000 residents.

Redondo Beach crime rate is similar to cities like Chula Vista, Honolulu and Fremont. Here’s a scale to give you some perspective on Redondo Beach’s crime rate:

redondo beach crime rate

Redondo Beach Crime Rates And Crime Stats

The most recent, complete set of crime statistics comes from the FBI UCR and cross referenced with the Redondo Beach PD and are for 2019 and 2020:

Redondo Beach police reported a total of 1,589 offenses in 2020, compared with 1,530 in 2019, which is a 4 percent year-over-year increase.

2019

2020

% Change

Murder

1

0

-100%

Rape

5

13

160%

Robbery

53

54

2%

Aggravated Assault

101

100

-1%

Violent Offense Total

160

167

4%

Burglary

260

311

20%

Larceny

992

915

-8%

Motor Vehicle Theft

118

196

66%

Property Offense Total

1,370

1,422

4%

Total Index Offenses

1,530

1,589

4%

Violent Crime Rate

In 2020 Redondo Beach reported 167 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 233.32 per 100,000 residents. Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults.

Year over year violent crime has increased 4%.

You have a 1 in 429 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Redondo Beach.

Property Crime Rate

In 2020 Redondo Beach reported 1,422 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 1,986.70 per 100,000 residents. Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Year over year property crime has increased 4%.

You have a 1 in 50 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Redondo Beach.

Redondo Beach’s crime rate vs other cities in California (2020)

Here’s how Redondo Beach’s crime rate compared to other cities in California. Redondo Beach had the lowest crime rate for all cities listed.

 

Population

Violent Crime Rate (2020)

Oakland

440,646

1,347.34

Stockton

320,804

1,254.04

Los Angeles

3,898,747

727.39

Sacramento

524,943

675.69

Fresno

542,107

656.70

San Francisco

873,965

556.89

Long Beach

466,742

501.99

Bakersfield

403,455

497.45

San Jose

1,013,240

431.78

San Diego

1,386,932

382.35

Anaheim

346,824

357.82

Redondo Beach 71,576 233.32

Redondo Beach’s Crime Rate Comparison

Here’s a list of the top 23 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Redondo Beach’s violent crime rate is more than 12 times less than Monroe, Louisiana, the most dangerous city on the list.

City

Population

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000 people

Monroe

47,702

2,932.79

Memphis

633,104

2,418.24

Atlantic City

38,497

2,335.25

Saginaw

44,202

2,327.95

Detroit

639,111

2,248.44

St. Louis

301,578

1,995.17

Alexandria

45,275

1,877.42

Pine Bluff

41,253

1,808.35

Little Rock

202,591

1,805.11

Milwaukee

577,222

1,733.13

South Bend

103,453

1,706.09

Cleveland

372,624

1,689.10

Camden

71,791

1,632.52

Birmingham

200,733

1,577.22

Kansas City

508,090

1,558.58

Baltimore

585,708

1,460.11

Albuquerque

564,559

1,406.41

Chattanooga

181,099

1,382.67

San Bernardino

222,101

1,365.59

New Orleans

383,997

1,358.08

Oakland

440,646

1,347.34

Redondo Beach

71,576

233.32

North Redondo Beach vs South Redondo Beach

Generally speaking, Redondo Beach is a fairly safe area with little to no bad areas. However, among residents there is a distinction made between the north and south parts of Rendondo Beach.

North Redondo undeservedly gets a bad rap for being ‘sketchy’ because there’s a substantial economic disparity and because it’s not next to the affluent areas.

North Redondo is comparable to Lawndale, Hawthorne and Gardena, whereas south Redondo is more akin to Hermosa Beach and south and west Torrance.

north redondo beach vs south redondo

Is the public transportation in Redondo Beach safe?

The public transportation system in Redondo Beach is handled by the Beach Cities Transit (BCT), which offers many routes that interweave throughout the entire city.

The RTD is generally a safe option to use during normal commuting hours (7am – 8pm), however we recommend that you use a taxi or ride sharing service outside of those hours.

Is Redondo Beach safe at night?

There is almost nowhere in Redondo Beach that is genuinely unsafe and suffice to say, Redondo Beach is generally a safe city at night.

However that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t throw all caution to the wind. You should always keep your wits about you and always be aware of your surroundings.

Is Readono Beach safe for a solo traveler?

Redondo Beach is safe for all travelers, including female solo travelers! If you visit Redondo Beach alone you’ll be plenty safe if you practice common sense when it comes to safety (i.e. avoid walking alone at night, locking up your vehicles, and keeping an eye on your things belongings).

What do residents of Redondo Beach say about it’s safety?

  1. The only area that you should have the least bit concern about is in North Redondo, the closer you get to Lawndale.
  2. North and South Redondo Beach feel like two completely different towns. North is working class and South is beachy and chill.
  3. There is no really bad parts of Redondo. It’s a very chill beach town.
  4. North Redondo is supposedly ‘ghetto’ because it’s closer to Lawndale, but it’s all hogwash. Norrth Redondo is chill but not as affulent.
  5. There’s no really bad parts of Redondo. However, there’s a thing among residents of South Redondo that wants you to know they’re only associated with North Redondo in name only.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Redondo Beach

  • Avoid walking alone at night. Like any city, it’s best not to walk around Redondo Beach at night by yourself. Your chances of being a victim of crime increases when you are by yourself. So it’s always recommendable to walk in pairs after nightfall or take a taxi, or use a ridesharing service if you don’t have a vehicle.
  • Always keep an eye on your drink when in bars and restaurants. Don’t leave your drink unattended and only accept drinks from strangers if it comes directly from the bartender.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car on in plain sight in your car. Take your valuables with your or at least put it in the trunk. Your car should look empty and not a target for criminals.

Facts about Redondo Beach, CA

  • The population of Redondo Beach in 2020 was 71,576.
  • The city covers a land area of 6.20 square miles.
  • The median age was 39.3 years.
  • 97.0% of residents 25 and older is a high school graduate. 62.4% of residents 25 and older has a bachelors degree or higher.
  • The median income for a household in the city was $116,832. The per capita income for the city was $64,672.
  • 4% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • The median home value in Redondo Beach is $1.4M in 2022.
  • In 2022, the average rent for a Redondo Beach 2-bedroom apartment is $2,998.

Mariska Lee

Mariska is a recovering attorney who gave up her professional job to discover new perspectives of life while traveling in a 2009 Ford Transit. She has been living the van life for 3 years and has not looked back since.

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