You are more likely to be a victim of property crime than violent crime in Bakersfield. Property crime includes: burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. However, all overall crime rates are higher in Bakersfield when compared to the US average. So caution on all fronts is advised.
Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t flash your cash or your valuables around; keep everything either securely on you or in the safe of your hotel room. Try to stay in busy, populated areas and remain in a group when possible.