San Luis Obispo had nearly three times as many violent crimes in 2016 than Paso Robles, second among SLO County cities, even though the North County city’s populations is about two thirds the size of SLO’s.
Annual crime statistics released by the FBI show there were 178 violent crimes in San Luis Obispo in 2016. The FBI counts murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as violent crimes.
Atascadero, which has a slightly smaller population than Paso Robles, was second among SLO County cities with 83 violent crimes last year. Paso Robles recorded 67 violent crimes in 2016.
Grover Beach (40) had the fourth most violent crimes, followed by Arroyo Grande (35), Morro Bay (17) and Pismo Beach (12).
The FBI also tracks annual property crimes, which include burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. In SLO County, San Luis Obispo led with 2,076 property crimes in 2016.
Paso Robles (977), Pismo Beach (513), Atascadero (501), Arroyo Grande (334), Grover Beach (320) and Morro Bay (204) rounded out the list.
Despite being less than half the size of seemingly crime-ridden Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo came close to keeping pace with its northern Santa Barbara County neighbor in property crimes. Santa Maria recorded 2,638 property crimes in 2016.
Santa Maria, however, had 506 violent crimes, more than all SLO County cities combined.