Is Temecula Safe? (Crime Rates And Crime Stats For 2022)


Nestled in the valley of the Inland Empire, Temecula is a quiet suburb that is home to over four dozen wineries with stretches and stretches of vineyards as far as the eye can see. It is the perfect weekend getaway for anyone that wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you are thinking about visiting Temecula 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 Temecula safe?

is temecula safe

Statistically speaking, Temecula is a very safe city as indicated by its crime rates. In 2020, Temecula had a violent crime rate of 134.54 per 100,000 residents, which is 66% less than the national average and is one of the lowest crime rates for a city of its size.

Here’s a scale to give you some perspective on Temecula’s crime rate

temecula crime rate

Temecula Crime Rates And Crime Stats

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

Temecula police reported a total of 2,413 offenses in 2020, compared with 2,797 in 2019, which is a 14 percent year-over-year decrease.

2019

2020

Percent Change

Homicide

1

0

-100%

Rape

8

12

50%

Robbery

72

67

-7%

Aggravated Assault

85

69

-19%

Violent Crime Total

166

148

-11%

Burglary

318

368

16%

Larceny/Theft

2018

1537

-24%

Motor Vehicle Theft

290

357

23%

Arson

5

3

-40%

Property Crimes Total

2,631

2,265

-14%

TOTAL

2,797

2,413

-14%

Violent Crime Rate

In 2020 Temecula reported 148 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 134.54 per 100,000 residents. Temecula’s violent crime rate is 66% less than the national average.

Year over year violent crime decreased 11%.

You have a 1 in 743 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Temecula.

Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults.

Property Crime Rate

In 2020 Temecula reported 2,265 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 2,059.03 per 100,000 residents. Temecula’s property crime rate is 5% greater than the national average.

Year over year property crime decreased 14%.

You have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Temecula.

Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Murder Rate

In 2020 Temecula reported 0 murders and had a murder rate of 0 per 100,000 residents.

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

Here’s how Temecula’s crime rate compared to other cities in California. Temecula had the lowest crime rate of 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

Temecula 110,003 134.54

Temecula’s Crime Rate Comparison

Here’s a list of the top 23 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Temecula‚Äôs violent crime rate is 22 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

Temecula

110,003 134.54

Is Old Town Temecula Safe?

is old town temecula safe

Old Town Temecula is a very safe area during the day and at night. There is usually a good amount of police presence in the area and the biggest thing you have to worry about are drunk people leaving the bars trying to start a fight.

Is the public transportation in Temecula safe?

The public transportation system in Temecula is handled by the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) , which offers many routes that interweave throughout the entire city.

The Temecula Bus is generally a safe option to use during while visiting the city.

Is Temecula safe at night?

Temecula is generally a safe city at night. The only areas you should avoid going at night are under freeways where homeless people camped out.

You should also stay in well lit areas and avoid walking through desolate areas at night.

Is Temecula safe for a solo traveler?

Temecula is safe for all travelers, including female solo travelers!

If you visit Temecula 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 Temecula say about it’s safety?

  1. I’ve lived here with my wife for over a decade now and we’ve never felt unsafe or threatened by the people that live here.
  2. Temecula is safe. It’s beautiful, mostly everyone is kind and just minds their business.
  3. Violent crime here is pretty much non-existent. We have one of the lowest crime rates in California.
  4. There are really no bad areas in Temecula.
  5. Temecula is a clean city with low crime rates and is a good place to raise a family.
  6. Temecula is a terrific place to live and raise kids.
  7. Temecula is a quiet suburb. If you like hustle and bustle, this is definitely not the place for you.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Temecula

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t walk around with your head buried in your phone or headphones.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your car. Take them with you or put it in the trunk.
  • Walk with confidence and like you know where you are going. Don’t look like a lost tourist.
  • Trust your gut. Walk away if something or someone doesn’t give you a good feeling.
  • Always keep an eye on your drink. Don’t accept drink from strangers and if you do, make sure it comes directly from the bartender.

Facts about Temecula, CA

  • The population of Temecula in 2020 was 110,003 and is the 61st most populous city in California
  • The city covers a land area of 37.27 sq mi.
  • The median age was 33.4 years.
  • 94.1% of residents 25 and older is a high school graduate. 35% of residents 25 and older has a bachelors degree or higher.
  • The median income for a household in the city was $98,631. The per capita income for the city was $36,556.
  • 7.2% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • The median home value in Temecula is $750,000 in 2022.
  • In 2022, the average rent for a Temecula 2-bedroom apartment is $2,500.

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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