Short answer: Higher than Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, lower than Culver City (except for violent crime), lower than nearby parts of Los Angeles (Fairfax and Hollywood)

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This is the second in a series of articles comparing West Hollywood’s crime rate to other areas. The first article, “How does West Hollywood’s crime rate compare to nearby Los Angeles neighborhoods?,” focused on areas to the east/southeast. This article expands that comparison to Westside cities. Some of the observations from the first article are repeated here to give a fuller picture.

The chart below shows the West Hollywood crime rate was 452 crimes per 10,000 residents in 2014.

Note: The city numbers (dark blue) and the neighborhood numbers (light blue) differ in their data source, time period covered, and crimes included. The city data comes from the FBI for 2014 and includes arson. The neighborhood data comes from the Los Angeles Times for a six-month period ending in March, 2016, without arson counts. Sources: FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting, Table 8, California, 2014; Los Angeles Times; our analysis.

West Hollywood had:

  • About one-third more crime than Beverly Hills, which had 343 crimes per 10,000 residents
  • 25% more crime than Santa Monica (363)
  • 4% less crime than Culver City (471)
  • About 10% to 25% less crime than three nearby areas of Los Angeles (Beverly Grove, Hollywood, and Fairfax)


Violent crime rate

If we look just at violent crime, West Hollywood had more than nearby cities, including Los Angeles as a whole, but less than two nearby Los Angeles neighborhoods.

West Hollywood had 75 violent crimes per 10,000 residents in 2014. That was about 75% above Culver City’s rate (43), double the rate in Santa Monica (36), and more than double the rate in Beverly Hills (32). It was one-third lower than the recent rate in Hollywood and 15% lower than the Fairfax District.

Note: The numbers for the three Los Angeles neighborhoods are shown in paler colors to distinguish them. They’re from a different source and cover a different period. Sources: Same as above.

The violent crime rate can be broken down into rates for homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault:

  • Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Fairfax neighborhoods had almost twice as many robberies per 10,000 residents as West Hollywood
  • West Hollywood’s robbery rate was, in turn, 50% higher than Culver City’s and double the rate in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica
  • Hollywood had 75% more aggravated assaults per 10,000 residents than West Hollywood
  • West Hollywood had at least twice as many aggravated assaults per 10,000 residents as Culver City, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills
  • West Hollywood had fewer rapes per 10,000 residents than Hollywood and Santa Monica


Property crime rate

West Hollywood’s 2014 property crime rate was 377 crimes per 10,000 residents. The recent rate in the Fairfax District was one-third higher. Beverly Grove, Culver City, and Hollywood also had more property crimes per 10,000 residents. Culver City’s rate was 428, almost 15% higher than West Hollywood.

Santa Monica’s and Beverly Hills’ rates were around 15% lower than West Hollywood’s (327 and 311 versus 377).

Note: For the neighborhood numbers, we don’t have arson counts and we added the thefts from motor vehicles into the larger theft category. Sources: Same as above.

The property crime rate can be broken down into rates for burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft (also called grand theft auto), and arson:

  • There were more burglaries per 10,000 residents in Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Beverly Hills, and Culver City than in West Hollywood or Santa Monica
  • Compared to West Hollywood, the theft rate was higher in Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Culver City, and Hollywood, but lower in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills
  • Motor vehicle theft was more common in Hollywood and Culver City than West Hollywood, but less common in Santa Monica and about half as common in Beverly Hills


Future articles in this series

Future articles will look at:

  • How the West Hollywood crime rate compares to cities across California
  • How the crime rate comparison would change if we took into account the mix or seriousness of crimes
  • How we might adjust the crime rate to take into account the number of non-residents (workers and visitors), since some crime victims aren’t residents


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Short answer: Higher than Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, lower than Culver City (except for violent crime), lower than nearby parts of Los Angeles (Fairfax and Hollywood)| This is the second in a series of articles comparing West Hollywood's crime rate to other areas. The first article, 'How does...