Napa is a relatively safe town with a minimum of personal crime. That’s good news for visitors, since travelers are often a criminal’s desired targets.

The crime rate in Napa is significantly lower than in many parts of the country, and residents and visitors can feel comfy in the knowledge that the rate of violent crime – murder and rape – is lower than the national average.

In 2004, there were 2.6 murders per 100,000 people. Although the population of Napa is less than 100,000, criminal statistics are based on 100,000 people for purposes of comparison. So, using that format, the 2.6 per 100,000 murder rate is significantly lower than the national average of 5.5 per 100,000

Perhaps the crimes visitors need to be aware of are thefts. Napa’s rate is just a bit higher than the national average, at 2,500 per 100,000. The national rate is 2,300. So, as with all destinations, Napa visitors are well advised to take basic safety precautions like locking valuables in the trunk of your car, concealing cash and other valuables and staying on well-lighted streets.

If you’re driving, be careful on the highways. Highway 29, the two-lane stretch of highway that runs through Napa, can be dangerous in the dark and drivers should always remember that other drivers might have been drinking.