Residents for Quality Neighborhoods, San Luis Obispo, California

Vandalism and Theft

Vandalism Issues in San Luis Obispo

Vandalism is a sad fact of life in many of San Luis Obispo's residential neighborhoods. It ranges from keying cars and smashing/destroying property in front yards to breaking car and house windows and spraying graffiti on practically everything.

It is important for residents to report all acts of vandalism, no matter how small, to the police. If this type of crime is not reported, there is no record of the amount of damage that occurs in our residential neighborhoods.

Per the SLOPD website, if you witness vandalism in progress, immediately call 9-1-1.

If you are the victim of vandalism, contact the San Luis Obispo Police Department [Dispatch: 781-7312].

The San Luis Obispo Police Department has created a Graffiti Information page to assist residents in reporting graffiti to the appropriate public or private entities. There are phone numbers and/or e-mail links. Your assistance will be appreciated.


Thefts and Burglaries in San Luis Obispo

As a part of its Uniform Crime Reporting process, our police department differentiates between thefts and burglaries.

To be classified as a burglary, the theft must be from a structure (four walls, a roof, and a door), must involve trespassing, and there must be an intent to commit a crime. In 2014, there were 206 burglaries committed in San Luis Obispo.

Any other theft is classified as a larceny; this includes all thefts from vehicles. Larcenies are sub-divided into those under $400 and those over $400. In 2014, there were 1,162 larcenies committed in San Luis Obispo. Of those, 897 were under $400, and the remaining 265 were over $400.

If you witness a theft or burglary in progress, immediately call 9-1-1.

If you are the victim of a theft or burglary, contact the San Luis Obispo Police Department [Dispatch: 781-7312].