Security company names most dangerous cities in California with a San Francisco Bay Area city at the top of the list

Ed Walsh

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The Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco with East Bay cities, including Emeryville, along I-80, just north of Oakland. Photo by Ed Walsh

The San Francisco Bay Area city of Emeryville has been named by the home security company as the most dangerous in California but the city's mayor disputes the company's findings.

Here the list of Cove's most dangerous cities in Calfornia:

  1. Emeryville
  2. Oakland
  3. Commerce
  4. Red Bluff
  5. Barstow
  6. West Hollywood
  7. San Bernadino
  8. Santa Monica
  9. Signal Hill
  10. Eureka

n response to Cove report, Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez told NewsBreak:

"The statistics (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting) used for this article reflect a resident population (around 12,000 as of the 2010 Census) to extrapolate crimes per 100,000. This is an incomplete picture because for one thing, our resident population has increased since 2010, and because our resident population is a fraction of our daytime population of people who come to this City for business, shopping, dining, or simply on their commute.

"We are a retail and business locus. Here’s a recent article on our booming Life Sciences sector: https://www.bisnow.com/oakland/news/life-sciences/tiny-emeryville-becomes-one-of-the-hottest-us-life-sciences-clusters-108319

"Furthermore, our internal statistics show a 23% drop in violent crimes in 2020, and a 42% drop in crime overall. "

The mayor attached this primer on the proper use of the statistics cited by the Cove article Martinez also offered to provide 2020 crime statitistics in detail.

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Why was Emeryville selected as the most dangerous? According to Cove:

"Emeryville is the number one most dangerous city in California. Emeryville has a population of 12,104 people and has a total crime rate of 18,192 crimes per 100,000 people. Emeryville is not a safe place to live, according to the crime rates reported by the police officials. Emeryville has the highest violent crime rate in California. The violent crime rate in Emeryville is 1,429 violent crimes per 100,000 people, meaning that residents have a 1 in 70 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. The violent crime rate in Emeryville is 272 percent higher than the national average. The crime rates for murder, rape, robbery, and assault are:

  • Emeryville Murder Rate: 0 murders per 100,000
  • Emeryville Rape Rate: 74 rapes per 100,000
  • Emeryville Robbery Rate: 1,008 robberies per 100,000
  • Emeryville Assault Rate: 347 assaults per 100,000

"The property crime rate in Emeryville is 16,763 property crimes per 100,000 people. Those living in Emeryville have a 1 in 6 chance of becoming a victim of property crime. The crimes rates for burglary, theft, and car theft in Emeryville are:

  • Emeryville Burglary Rate: 818 burglaries per 100,000
  • Emeryville Theft Rate: 14,648 thefts per 100,000
  • Emeryville Car Theft: 1,297 car thefts per 100,000

"Property crimes in Emeryville are incredibly high. Those living in this town should take all necessary precautions to protect their homes and loved ones. Residents should install home security systems and carry pepper spray while walking through dangerous areas."

Emeryville is about a twenty minute drive from San Francisco and is just north of Oakland. The city's popular Bay Street shoping center attracts shoppers from all parts of the Bay Area.

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