Crime Analysis


Crime Trends in the City of East Palo Alto, 1986 – 2008

The Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice conducted a comprehensive analysis of crime in the City of East Palo Alto.  BCCJ examined crime in the City over the last few decades and compared East Palo Alto to California to understand what has happened in the City in the context of what has happened in the rest of the State.

East Palo Alto has seen significant population growth over the last few decades, increasing 75% between the years 1986 and 2008.  East Palo Alto has also seen significant improvements in public safety.  Despite improvements, East Palo Alto still ranks in the top ten among California cities in three of the four categories of violent crime (aggravated assault, homicide, and rape). 

The data presented in this report were compiled to inform and educate City leaders, community groups, and the residents of East Palo Alto about crime in the City using a comprehensive approach.  While much has been accomplished over the last few decades, serious problems and challenges remain.  The hope is that the findings presented here and in the full report will help the City of East Palo Alto make more-informed decisions, more effectively target resources, and become a safer and more secure community going forward.

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Click here to view the Executive Summary