Watsonville, CA
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Watsonville, CA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Watsonville is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 31 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Watsonville is 1 in 32. Based on FBI crime data, Watsonville is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Watsonville has a crime rate that is higher than 83% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Watsonville to other communities of similar population, then Watsonville crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Watsonville does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Watsonville does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Watsonville.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Watsonville occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Watsonville; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 221. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Watsonville's rate for property crime is 27 per one thousand population. This makes Watsonville a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Watsonville is one in 37.

Importantly, we found that Watsonville has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Watsonville is one in 133.

Watsonville Crime Data

 

Crime Index

14

(100 is safest)


Safer than 14% of U.S. Cities

Watsonville Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

244

1,449

1,693

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.53

26.87

31.40

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Watsonville 4.53
California 4.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 221

in Watsonville

1 in 224

in California

Watsonville VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 53,920
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 18 50 175
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.33 0.93 3.25

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Watsonville 26.87
California 23.80

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 37

in Watsonville

1 in 42

in California

Watsonville Property CRIMES

Population: 53,920
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 196 847 406
Rate per 1,000 3.64 15.71 7.53

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Watsonville Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Watsonville 250
California 85