Shafter has a population of 19,284. During the past three years, Shafter saw 1,806 arrests. For 2017, the Shafter's arrest rate totaled 267.58 per 10,000 residents. This decrease of 15.47% makes Shafter lower than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. From that total, 43 were violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. The city of Shafter also totaled 473 arrests for property crimes during 2017. When compared to Ridgecrest and Tehachapi, Shafter is a more dangerous place to live.
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Overall, Shafter had a higher rate of non-violent crime. For 2017, Shafter averaged 43 violent crimes and 473 non-violent crimes.
The city of Shafter experienced 571 violent crimes during 2007-2017. Of that total, 12 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter. Additionally, 51 was for legacy rape and 14 was for revised rape. The robbery total was 118, and the aggravated assault total was 376.