Watertown, MA
Crime Rates



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Watertown, MA 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 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 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

According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI crime statistics, Watertown is safer than 64% of the cities and towns in the US of all population sizes. In Massachusetts, only on the order of 54% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Watertown. If you live in Watertown, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in the community is 1 in 95. The US average across communities from the largest to the smallest is 1 in 36. It is for these reasons that Watertown is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A.

Compared to other communities of similar population size, Watertown has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Watertown is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Watertown 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 Watertown.

For Watertown, NeighborhoodScout found that the violent crime rate is well below the national average for all communities of all population sizes. Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Watertown than in most of America. One's chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 1084, which is a violent crime rate of 1 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Watertown is below average to all cities and towns in the nation. This means that you are less likely to become a victim of arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or burglary in Watertown than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 104.

Watertown Crime Data

 

Crime Index

64

(100 is safest)


Safer than 64% of U.S. Cities

Watertown Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

33

344

377

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

0.92

9.62

10.54

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Watertown 0.92
Massachusetts 3.58

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 1,084

in Watertown

1 in 279

in Massachusetts

Watertown VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 35,756
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 5 5 23
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.14 0.14 0.64

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Watertown 9.62
Massachusetts 14.37

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 104

in Watertown

1 in 70

in Massachusetts

Watertown Property CRIMES

Population: 35,756
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 37 292 15
Rate per 1,000 1.03 8.17 0.42

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Watertown Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Watertown 92
Massachusetts 24