K, Home Buyer in San Diego, CA

Why is crime in Del Mar, a supposedly good area, higher than the average for san Diego county? ...even violent crime??

Asked by K, San Diego, CA Fri Nov 5, 2010

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:


Bill Hays, Agent, Cardiff, AL
Fri Nov 5, 2010
Hi Kathy

Del Mar is safe.

If the analysis you are looking at is based on per capita, then the statistics can be easily skewed. Del Mar has a population of around 4500 people. Twenty miles north, Oceanside as an example has a population of around 161,000 people.

If you go to http://www.sandiego.gov/police/stats/ , they have crime rate calculations based on per 1,000 population. So if a bank is robbed in Del Mar and in Oceanside on the same day, it can appear that based on the population of each city, 1/4500 and 1/161000 - Del Mar has a higher bank robbery rate. But that is furthest from the truth. The two cities don't even compare.

You are wise to come to forums like this to ask because local businesses, realtors, and community citizens will give you the best and most accurate answers to your questions because we live here!

If you liked my answer, please vote it the best. Have a great day and come visit Del Mar. It is a beautiful beach city.

1 vote
Pt Larkin, Home Owner, Del Mar, CA
Thu Jun 21, 2012
Easy question...the reason Del Mar has a higher crime rate is due directly to the fact all crimes which take place at the Del Mar Race Track but mostly the Fair get reported under Del Mar Crime stats....
0 votes
Jay Becker S…, Agent, La Jolla, CA
Wed Jun 13, 2012
If you wish to review crimes stats in Del Mar and compare them to any other communities in San Diego we recommend CITY-DATA.com

On that site you will also see other useful information such as demographics etc.


0 votes
BXT AXT, Agent, San Diego, CA
Fri Nov 12, 2010
Crime statistics are all based on numbers. As already mentioned Del Mar has a small population. The reason for this is because Del Mar doesn't have a lot of high density housing (condos/apartments). In addition many of the homes are second homes. Finally, as mentioned by John T. there is an influx of people in the summer that increases the number of crimes committed. Keep in mind numbers don't say everything because if they did Rancho Santa Fe would have the highest suicide rate thanks to Hale-Bopp Comet.
0 votes
John Tolerico, Agent, La Jolla, CA
Mon Nov 8, 2010
It is skewed due to the crime committed by people who come into Del Mar seasonally for the San Diego County Fair and the Del Mar Race Track. Statistics don't always paint the true picture.
0 votes
Voices Member, , San Diego County, CA
Fri Nov 5, 2010
I Love Del Mar, the worse crime Ive seen there is people not hanging out on their balconies enjoying the ocean views!
0 votes
Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri Nov 5, 2010
When it comes to any crime/safety issues, your best source of accurate and up to the minute information is the local police department, consider a visit/call and ask all your questions, they'll gladly help and you will have heard all there is hear firsthand.
0 votes
Jill Wheeler, Agent, Del Mar, CA
Fri Nov 5, 2010
Hi Kathy,

I'm not sure where you found your information but Del Mar isn't a high crime area nor an area known for its violent crime. City-data.com is a great resource for detailed city data giving you stats about everything from education level of the demographic to sex offender information. Neighborhoodscout.com is a newer site that also serves to do a breakdown by things such as crime.

Quite the contrary, Del Mar is a safe, highly desirable, affluent neighborhood attracting singles and families alike seeking a haven from such things as high crime.


Jill Wheeler
Willis Allen Real Estate
Del Mar, CA 92014
0 votes
Raquel Unger, Agent, Irvine, CA
Fri Nov 5, 2010
WOW..I lived in Leucadia for over 20 years and never looked at Del Mar as having a high crime rate. Most people
look at the coastal lifestyle, the school district, the natural beauty , proximity to work, the homes and distance to
entertainment. Del Mar is situated close to the freeway and has all the above to offer.
Web Reference:  http://www.raquelunger.com
0 votes
Search Advice
Ask our community a question

Email me when…

Learn more