Crime Analysis Unit

The Crime Analysis Unit (CAU) provides timely and accurate tactical, strategic, administrative and operational intelligence analysis of data relating to crime in support of the Department’s goals and information-led policing efforts.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will routinely provide crime related data and statistics to government agencies, schools and other law enforcement agencies for properties directly within their specific areas at no cost. We do not provide statistics or analysis that could compromise ongoing investigations.

All other requests for statistics or analysis by the public, attorneys, media, or for and non-profit organizations are first and foremost advised to useCrime Mapping.com orCrimestats.ARJIS. These sites have been specifically set up and our paid for by the San Diego Sheriff's Department and other Law Enforcement agencies to meet the California Public Records Act needs.

If you feel as though the above sites cannot provide you with the answer you are looking for then please download, fill out and send theCAU request form to theCrime Analysis Unit.

The Research Fee is $40/hour. Checks must be made payable to “San Diego Sheriff’s Department” and must accompany your request. Checks will be mailed to San Diego Sheriff's Department, Attention Third Floor: Crime Analysis Unit 9621 Ridgehaven Court San Diego CA 92123. Reports will be completed in 3-5 working days after receipt of payment.

San Diego Sheriff's Department's internal analysis demands take priority over requests received from outside entities.

Mapping Crime and Criminals in Your Community

The Crime Analysis Unit employs geographic information systems (GIS) technology to map crime and field incidents in support of crime prevention programs, problem-solving efforts, investigations and emergency operations.

Timely crime information and a connection to crime prevention resources can help good decisions turn into action that reduces crime.

Registered sex offenders must keep their current address on file with theSheriff's Licensing Division Interactive maps and information are available to the public via the California Department of Justice Megan’s Law website.

Uniform Crime Reporting

The Sheriff’s Department reports FBI Index crimes of homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson to the Department of Justice each month for nine cities and the unincorporated communities and areas of the county.

The crime rate is the number of FBI Index crimes per thousand residents in a city, and is commonly referred to in media and research reports. It is important to consider that while the crimes include those committed in business areas, the crime rate is calculated only by residential population - it is not adjusted for the number of people in an area for business, education, events or tourism.

The National Incident Based Reporting System

The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is an incident-based reporting system for crimes known to the police. For each crime incident coming to the attention of law enforcement, a variety of data are collected about the incident. These data include the nature and types of specific offenses in the incident, characteristics of the victim(s) and offender(s), types and value of property stolen and recovered, and characteristics of persons arrested in connection with a crime incident.

Incident-based data provide an extremely large amount of information about crime. The information is also organized in complex ways, reflecting the many different aspects of a crime incident.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department will begin posting NIBRS reporting in 2019.

The Sheriff’s Division of Inspectional Services (DIS) was established to strengthen the overall efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the organization. DIS is responsible for compiling analytical data regarding use or force incidents. Monthly and annual reports are provided to the public with the intention to inform and maintain open lines of communication between the Sheriff’s Department and those we serve.