Is Moreno Valley Safe? (Crime Rates And Crime Stats For 2022)


If you are thinking about visiting Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley safe?

is moreno valley safe

Although Moreno Valley has a spotty reputation among residents of the Inland Empire, if you just look at the statistics, Moreno Valley is a safe city. In 2020, Moreno Valley had a violent crime rate of 398.82 per 100,000 residents, which is on par with the national average. Moreno Valley’s crime rate is 3 times less than San Bernardino and 18% less than Riverside, its neighboring cities.

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

moreno valley crime rate

Moreno Valley Crime Rates And Crime Stats

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

Moreno Valley police reported a total of 5,972 offenses in 2020, compared with 6,390 in 2019, which is a 7% year-over-year decrease.

2019

2020

% Change

Homicide

15

17

13%

Rape

19

28

47%

Robbery

290

245

-16%

Aggravated Assaults

523

543

4%

VIOLENT CRIME TOTALS

847

833

-2%

Burglary

966

734

-24%

Larceny

3,489

3,230

-7%

Motor Vehicle Theft

1,079

1,162

8%

Arson

9

13

44%

PROPERTY CRIME TOTALS

5,543

5,139

-7%

TOTAL CRIME

6,390

5,972

-7%

Violent Crime Rate

In 2020 Moreno Valley reported 833 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 398.82 per 100,000 residents. Moreno Valley’s violent crime rate is roughly the same as the national average.

Year over year violent crime increased 2%.

You have a 1 in 251 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Moreno Valley.

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

Here’s a graph showing you how violent crime has trended in Moreno Valley in the last 11 years.

violent crimes in moreno valley graph

Property Crime Rate

In 2020 Moreno Valley reported 5,139 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 2,460.44 per 100,000 residents. Moreno Valley’s property crime rate is 26% higher than the national average.

Year over year property crime decreased 7%.

You have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Moreno Valley.

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

Murder Rate

In 2020 Moreno Valley reported 17 murders and had a murder rate of 8.14 per 100,000 residents. Moreno Valley’s murder rate is 25% greater than the national average.

Year over year murders decreased 67%.

You have a 1 in 12,286 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Moreno Valley.

Moreno Valley neighborhoods to avoid

Here’s a map showing you the areas in Moreno Valley that you should avoid (colored red) – Justice Map

moreno valley neighborhoods to avoid

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

Here’s how Moreno Valley’s crime rate compared to other cities in California. Moreno Valley had a similar crime rate to Anaheim and San Diego.

 

Population

Violent Crime Rate

San Bernardino

222,101

1,366.05

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

Costa Mesa 110,750 591.42

San Francisco

873,965

556.89

Long Beach

466,742

501.99

Bakersfield

403,455

497.45

Riverside 314,998 473.34
Santa Ana 310,227 436.6

San Jose

1,013,240

431.78

Moreno Valley 208,865 398.82

San Diego

1,386,932

382.35

Anaheim

346,824

357.82

Garden Grove 171,949 297.76
Mission Viejo 95,638 74.24

Moreno Valley’s Crime Rate Comparison

Here’s a list of the top 23 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Moreno Valley’s violent crime rate is 7 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

Moreno Valley 208,865 398.82

Is the public transportation in Moreno Valley, CA safe?

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

The RTA is generally a safe option to use during normal commuting hours (6am – 8pm). Before and after these hours, we recommend that you take a cab or use a ride sharing service.

Is Moreno Valley, CA safe at night?

Moreno Valley is safe at night as long as you avoid walking through the sketchy areas. You should also stay in well populated and well lit areas at night. Walking through desolate areas late at night is a recipe for failure.

What do residents of Moreno Valley say about it’s safety?

  1. Moreno Valley is not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be. I have lived here most of my life and I have never been afraid to walk around my neighborhood. Sure, there are some areas that are sketchy, but there are also plenty of places that are perfectly safe.
  2. Generally speaking the areas near the highway and heading south through the neghborhoods in the central part of Moreno Valley is rough. north of the 60 is nicer.
  3. Moreno Valley is trash. There’s absolutely nothing to do here except watching meth addicts rummage through trash.
  4. Moreno Valley is not Irvine but we sure as hell are not San Bernardino. Just use some common sense and you should be fine.
  5. I’m tired of people calling Moreno Valley ghetto. It’s just not true. Crime here is not that bad compared to San Bernardino.
  6. Moreno Valley is a shit hole. There are way too many incompetent people trying to run this city and it shows.
  7. If you are thinking about moving here, North of the 60 has the best neighborhoods, as well as the southeast areas. Avoid the Edgemont area, a lot of gang activity there. Also on Weber ave.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Moreno Valley, CA

  • Familiarize yourself with the city before you arrive. Figure out what parts of the city are safe and what parts are sketchy and plan your trip with that knowledge.
  • Avoid walking by yourself at night.
  • Don’t walk through deserted or desolate areas at night. Stay in places that are well populated.
  • Don’t use the ATM at night.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car. Put anything worth value in your trunk. Make your car as uninviting to thieves as possible.
  • Always trust your intuition. If you think something is amiss, remove yourself from that situation.
  • There’s no need to be courtesy to anyone that is making you feel uncomfortable.
  • Wait a second or two when the light turns green before crossing the street or driving through the intersection.

Facts about Moreno Valley, CA

  • The population of Moreno Valley in 2020 was 208,865 and is the 20th most populous city in California.
  • The city covers a land area of 51.30 sq mi.
  • The median age was 28.6 years.
  • 78.0% of residents 25 and older is a high school graduate. 17.1% of residents 25 and older has a bachelors degree or higher.
  • The median income for a household in the city was $70,385. The per capita income for the city was $22,364.
  • 14.0% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • The median home value in Moreno Valley is $550K in 2022.
  • In 2022, the average rent for a Moreno Valley 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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