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Oxnard Crime Rate [2023] 🚓 | Is Oxnard CA Safe? [Oxnard Crime Map + Statistics]

Are you thinking about moving to Oxnard? If safety is a big priority, there’s good news: Oxnard is a very safe place to live! The Oxnard crime rate is well below average for the U.S. and California. It’s also located in California’s safest large county.

Here’s an in-depth look at the Oxnard, CA, crime rate including the homicide rate, crime trends, and crime by neighborhood.

How the Oxnard Crime Rate Is Calculated

Crime rates in Oxnard are based on data from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Crime rates below were collected through the Summary Reporting System (SRS) which was used by the FBI for more than 90 years. The UCR program was phased out recently for the more robust National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

The familiar UCR program collected data on eight “index” crimes in two categories: property crimes and violent crimes, or crimes against persons. The NIBRS system collects data on 52 crimes including crimes against society like drug offenses. It also collects more detailed information about victims, offenders, and relationships. When incidents involve more than one crime, all crimes are now reported. Under the outdated UCR system, only the most serious crime was reported.

The UCR program is more familiar with city and state crime rates that include separate property and violent crime rates. When comparing crime rates between cities, remember that the reported rates may be based on different systems. Crime rates can seem higher when calculated using more robust data.

No matter which program is used to calculate crime rates, there are important limitations to keep in mind:

  • Crime rates in Oxnard only include offenses that were reported to police
  • Police departments may have different definitions for crimes, which can affect reporting and crime rate calculations
  • Not all offenses are included
  • The relationship between the victims and offenders isn’t considered: most crime is not random, and offenders often know the victims
  • Crime rates can be misleading, with a disproportionate share of crime in a small area skewing the crime rate for the entire city

For these reasons and more, the FBI even warns against comparing crime rates between cities.

Despite the limitations, city crime rates can still help you understand the general level of crime in the city and how it compares to your own city.

What Is the Oxnard CA Crime Rate?

The Oxnard crime rate is 1,898 crimes per 100,000 people, according to Summary Reporting System (SRS) data reported by the Oxnard Police Department. That’s 33% lower than the California crime rate and 18% lower than the national average.

The Oxnard violent crime rate is 357 violent crimes per 100,000 – 29% below the California violent crime rate. There are 1,541 property crimes per 100,000 people, 34% lower than the California property crime rate.

2022 Oxnard Crime Rate (per 100,000 people)
Oxnard Crime Rate California Crime Rate National Crime Rate
Total Crime 1,898 2,843 2,324
Violent Crime 357 500 370
Property Crime 1,541 2,343 1,954

Ventura County is the safest large county in California with a crime rate that’s declined 59% in the past 28 years. The Ventura County violent crime rate was just 2 violent crimes per 1,000 people in 2022, 30% lower than Orange County, which had the second-lowest violent crime rate.

Oxnard may not be the safest city in Ventura County, but even Oxnard and Ventura, the two largest cities in the county, are much safer compared to most cities in large California counties.

Oxnard crime has trended downward for the past thirty years. In 2022, Oxnard had its third-lowest level of crime in the past three decades.

Oxnard crime is up from 2021 with major crime at the lowest level in a decade. The 2021 Oxnard crime rate was the lowest since 2011 and the second lowest since 1990.

Violent Crime in Oxnard

In 2022, the violent crime rate in Oxnard, CA, was 357 violent crimes per 100,000, 3.5% below the national average. There were 721 violent crimes reported to police:

  • 450 aggravated assaults
  • 188 robberies
  • 76 rapes
  • 7 homicides

The Oxnard homicide rate is 3.5 homicides per 100,000. By comparison, the California homicide rate is 5.7 per 100,000, and the national homicide rate is 6.3 per 100,000 people.

Violent crime is up from 2021, which had a total of 693 recorded violent crimes. However, the number of murders in Oxnard dropped from 13 in 2021 to seven in 2022, and the number of rapes declined 7%.

Property Crime in Oxnard

In 2022, the property crime rate in Oxnard was 1,541 property crimes per 100,000, 20% below the national average. There were 3,113 property crimes reported to police:

  • 2,129 larceny thefts
  • 521 motor vehicle thefts
  • 463 burglaries
  • 51 arsons

While violent crime is up from 2021, property crime dropped 11% from 2021 to 2022. All types of property crime declined from the previous year, continuing an overall downward five-year trend.

Oxnard Crime Map & Crime Reports

Concerned about Oxnard safety? This Oxnard crime map shows reported crimes. You can select “Filter” to choose the types of crimes to show. “Agency Layers” will highlight and label neighborhoods.

Oxnard Crime Rate Comparison

How does the crime rate in Oxnard compare to other cities? Here’s the Oxnard, CA crime rate versus other cities with a population close to 200,000.

Total Crime Rate Violent Crime Rate Property Crime Rate
Tacoma, WA 10,149 1,610 8,540
Salt Lake City, UT 7,401 978 6,423
Baton Rouge, LA 6,880 1,028 5,852
Birmingham, AL 5,854 1,682 4,173
Akron, OH 4,250 821 3,429
San Bernardino, CA 4,141 1,186 2,955
Richmond, VA 3,792 360 3,433
Modesto, CA 3,165 762 2,403
Huntington Beach, CA 2,496 254 2,242
Moreno Valley, CA 2,410 370 2,041
Oxnard, CA 1,898 357 1,541
Fontana, CA 1,574 287 1,287
Santa Clarita, CA 1,254 163 1,091

Oxnard Crime by Neighborhood – Dangerous Areas of Oxnard, CA

Oxnard is a safe place to live, but certain neighborhoods tend to have a much higher share of violent crime than the city’s overall average. North Oxnard tends to be the safest area of the city. South Oxnard has several of the highest-crime neighborhoods. In central/northeast Oxnard, La Colonia is a hotspot for crime and gang activity.

It’s common for working-class neighborhoods and high-crime communities to be within one block of luxury gated communities. Try not to write an entire neighborhood off just because it has a higher-than-average crime rate.

Murders in Oxnard in 2023 occurred in these neighborhoods:

  • La Colonia – 3 (Central Oxnard)
  • Riverpark – 1 (Del Norte)
  • South Winds – 1 (South Central Oxnard)
  • Pleasant Valley Estates – 1 (South Central Oxnard)

Neighborhoods with the highest number of home burglaries:

  • East Village – 18 (Northeast Oxnard)
  • Wilson – 8 (Central Oxnard)
  • Wagon Wheel – 5 (Northwest Oxnard)
  • Orchard – 5 (Northwest Oxnard)
  • La Colonia – 4 (Northeast Oxnard)
  • South Winds – 3 (South Central Oxnard)
  • Pleasant Valley Estates – 3 (South Central Oxnard)
  • Blackwood South – 3 (South Central Oxnard)
  • Carriage Square – 3 (Northwest Oxnard)
  • El Rio West – 3 (Del Norte)
  • Sierra Linda – 3 (Northwest Oxnard)

These neighborhoods had the highest number of sexual assaults in 2022:

  • Riverpark – 7 (Del Norte)
  • La Colonia – 5 (Northeast Oxnard)
  • Bartolo Square South – 5 (Central Oxnard)
  • Via Marina – 5 (Southwest Oxnard)
  • Marina West – 4 (Southwest Oxnard)
  • Blackstock South – 4 (South Central Oxnard)

Oxnard College Campus Safety

Oxnard College is protected by a VCCD Police Department station. The Oxnard College Police Station is in the Administration building with one Lieutenant supervisor and four officers.

Oxnard College Police respond to on-campus crimes and crimes at the Marine Center and Aquarium, College Park, and the sidewalks and streets immediately surrounding the college.

According to the 2023 Annual Security Report, the following crimes occurred on the Oxnard College campus in 2022:

  • Burglary: 4 (10 in 2021)
  • Domestic violence: 1 (0 in 2021)
  • Drug violation arrests: (10 in 2021)

There were no reported hate crimes, stalking, dating violence, car thefts, aggravated assault, robbery, or sexual assault.

Oxnard College Police Department:

Oxnard Police Department

  • Address: 251 S C St, Oxnard, CA 93030
  • Non-emergency number: (805) 385-7600
  • Officers: 202 sworn officers, 124 non-sworn personnel
  • Police chief: Jason Benites

The Oxnard Police Department is responsible for protecting the 200,000 residents of Oxnard, California. The department’s history dates back to 1903 when the city’s first “night watchman” was hired by the City Marshal. OPD has multiple divisions, including:

  • Investigative Services with multiple units such as Drug Enforcement, Property Crimes, Violent Crimes, Major Crimes, and Crime Analysis.
  • Special Operations with SWAT, K-9, and Special Ops units
  • Patrol
  • Patrol Support

The Oxnard Police Department divides the city into four police districts under the Patrol Division: North, South, East, and West. There are also two small districts: the Central Business District and Riverpark District. Every district has two to four beats with patrol officers assigned to beats for six-month periods.

Oxnard Crime Rate FAQs

Is Oxnard CA Safe?

Oxnard is a very safe place to live. The crime rate is 33% below the California average and 18% lower than the national crime rate. Oxnard has 29% less violent crime than the California average.

What Is the Oxnard Crime Rate?

The Oxnard crime rate is 1,898 total crimes per 100,000 people. There are 357 violent crimes per 100,000. By comparison, the California crime rate is 2,843 crimes per 100,000 and the national crime rate is 2,324 crimes per 100,000.

What Is the Oxnard Homicide Rate?

The Oxnard murder rate is 3.5 homicides per 100,000 people. The national murder rate is 6.3 per 100,000. The average California homicide rate is 5.7 per 100,000.

Oxnard is one of California’s safest large cities, with crime well below average for the state and country. Are you ready to make Oxnard your new home? The 5-star Oxnard movers at Movegreen are ready to deliver a stress-free moving experience! Call our team today at (866) 684-7336 for your free moving estimate.

Erik S. Haney CEO | Founder
Erik S. Haney
CEO | Founder
Movegreen was established in 2007 with a vision to innovate the age old trade of Moving and Storage. The company has grown by over 20% year after year and recently expanded our territory to all of Ventura County and Northern LA County . Movegreen has received more than 15 service awards and is the premier Moving and Storage company on the Central Coast.
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