The city of Morro Bay, with a total population of 10,716, experienced 762 arrests over the past three years. During 2017, the arrest rate totaled 204.37 per 10,000 residents. This represents a 35.44% difference making Morro Bay lower than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. Of those, 22 were for violent crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery. The city of Morro Bay also handled 197 arrests for property crimes during 2017. Compared to Arroyo Grande and Atascadero, Morro Bay is a more dangerous place to live.
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The city of Morro Bay experienced a higher rate of non-violent crime. During 2017, Morro Bay totaled 22 violent crimes and 197 non-violent crimes.
During 2007-2017, Morro Bay experienced 296 violent crimes. Of those, 3 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, 5 were for revised rape, another 16 were for legacy rape, 27 were for robbery, and 245 were for aggravated assault.