Public safety issues have social and economic impacts. Members of a society are more likely to feel a sense of community with neighbors if areas are safer. Businesses are more likely to locate to areas with less crime, and customers are more likely to visit businesses in areas that are safer. There is a strong correlation between income and safety. For this reason, various measures of safety can indicate how a region is doing economically. Safety can be measured in many ways including crime rates, number of public safety officers, and domestic violence.
Data for this indicator was obtained from the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates. Data on the number of felonies in each county is from the Office of the Attorney General of California. This data is summed across the three NSJV counties. The number of felonies is then divided by the population obtained from the ACS and multiplied by 100,000 to obtain the rate per 100,000 residents.