Oceanside ranks No. 1,009 by violent crime rate among the 4,473 communities that have reported one or more occurrences of violence, putting it in the top 25% of violent U.S. cities. Just as violent crime is more prevalent in Oceanside than it is nationally, it is also more prevalent throughout California. There has been one murder in Oceanside this year.
Oceanside's high rate of violence is likely due to its proximity to Los Angeles. Because L.A. is such a large city with a population of over 10 million people, it attracts many criminals who seek out smaller towns like Oceanside as their next target. In addition, since military bases are located in Oceanside, there are often large groups of men in town who look for trouble. These factors combine to make Oceanside a very dangerous place to live.
Crime in Oceanside is mostly committed by people who live in other parts of California or elsewhere. Since there is little crime in Oceanside itself, locals do not feel threatened and will most likely leave their homes and cars unlocked. For this reason, Oceanside is considered an easy city in which to live by crime statistics.
There is also no major drug problem in Oceanside. Although drugs can be found in local parks and on street corners, this is mainly due to travelers who use these substances instead of residents who can be expected to know better.
Aggravated assault accounted for 63 percent of all recorded violent incidents in Oceanside in 2019. Murder is the most serious of the four forms of violent crime, according to the FBI's crime severity classification. In Oceanside, a city of around 177,100 inhabitants, there were four murders in 2019, or two for every 100,000 people. This rate is lower than the national average of 3.6 murders per 100,000 people.
There are several factors that make Oceanside dangerous, including its small size and population density. This gives rise to a lot of exposure to violence, which can happen quickly without much opportunity to escape. Also contributing to Oceanside's high rate of violence is its location on the coast of California, which makes it a destination for drug traffickers looking to ship drugs inland. Finally, Oceanside has experienced multiple homicides over the past few years, which has made it an attractive target for criminals who want to spread fear into the community.
Of the four forms of violence considered by the FBI, aggravated assault is by far the most common type of crime in Oceanside. It accounts for more than three-quarters of all recorded crimes in the city, with assault being the most common offense category. There have been times when almost all of the reported cases of murder involved an argument over money or drugs. In other words, Oceanside is dangerous because it is a small town where violence often starts with something trivial and ends up killing or injuring someone.
Oceanside Crime Statistics
|Number of Crimes||720||4,527|
|Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents)||4.10||25.76|
Oceanside neighborhoods are generally regarded as safe and comfortable, with walkable communities and bike spaces. Oceanside is a secure community; the statistical crime rate in Oceanside is 1% lower than the national average, at 376.98 per 100,000 population. Violent crime and property crime are both below statewide averages.
There are four schools in Oceanside: two traditional high schools and two alternative institutions. The Oceanside Union School District has approximately 10,000 students, of which 8% are foreign born. Eighty-two percent are Latino or Hispanic, while 12% are not Latino including 3% who are African American and 9% who are Asian.
Crime in Oceanside is significantly lower than the California average. Crime rates have been declining since 1990, when there were 558 crimes reported. This drops to 95 violations in 2016, a 61% decrease. Property crime rates have also dropped by more than half from 1990 (534 incidents) to 2016 (207 problems). There were only four burglaries reported in 1990, but in 2016 there were seven. Stealing cars is becoming more difficult because auto theft rates are down nearly 50% since 1990. There were 185 vehicles stolen in 1990 and only 79 in 2016. The increase in thefts of other property is likely due to increased reporting. In fact, people are being encouraged to report crimes that they might otherwise not say anything about.