Both Los Altos and Los Altos Hills remain remarkably safe places to live, according to the most recent data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
There were no reported murders or rapes in 2012, although there were 5 robberies and 1 assault in Los Altos, and 1 robbery and 4 assaults in Los Altos Hills.
The biggest change was reported in property crimes. Los Altos saw an 11 percent spike in property crimes, most notably burglaries. There were 94 reported burglaries in 2012, up from 55 the previous year. That’s a 70 percent spike.
Los Altos Hills reported a decrease in property crimes over the same period. Property crimes dropped from 61 to 45 from 2011 to 2012, while burglaries fell from 33 to 19, a 42 percent decrease.
Nationwide, the FBI’s 2012 statistics show an increase of violent crimes and a decrease of property crimes. The data was compiled from 18,000 jurisdictions in all 50 states.
The FBI's Uniform
Crime Reports also included the number of police officers in
the nation’s police departments.