The city of La Palma, with a total population of 15,811, experienced 1,105 arrests over the past three years. During 2017, the arrest rate totaled 241.60 per 10,000 residents. This represents a 23.67% difference making La Palma lower than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. Of those, 19 were for violent crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery. The city of La Palma also handled 363 arrests for property crimes during 2017. Compared to Aliso Viejo and Cypress, La Palma is a more dangerous place to live.
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The city of La Palma experienced a higher rate of non-violent crime. During 2017, La Palma totaled 19 violent crimes and 363 non-violent crimes.
During 2007-2017, La Palma experienced 225 violent crimes. Of those, 2 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, 1 were for revised rape, another 6 were for legacy rape, 88 were for robbery, and 128 were for aggravated assault.