Reported Annual Crime In Santa Cruz

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSanta Cruz/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,060n/a (estimate)6,3363,0452,860
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSanta Cruz/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder2n/a3.14.84.9
Rape44n/a68.732.738.6
Robbery116n/a181.0135.0101.9
Assault337n/a525.9253.8237.8
Violent crime499n/a (estimate)779426373
Burglary431n/a672.6504.3491.4
Theft2,831n/a4,418.21,677.11,775.4
Vehicle theft299n/a466.6436.8220.2
Property crime3,561n/a (estimate)5,5572,6182,487
The table above provides a full overview of all reported crimes in Santa Cruz, CA for the year. The sum of recorded criminal acts in Santa Cruz, CA is displayed; for comparisons, each offense is also shown in regards to the amount of offenses per 100,000 people. Along with this, they are separated into multiple categories: violent crimes and property crimes. The crime data reveals that the overall Santa Cruz, CA crime rates are 108% higher than in comparison to the California mean and are 122% higher than the nation's mean. In regards to violent offenses, Santa Cruz, CA has a rate that is 83% higher than the California average; compared to the United States, it is 109% higher than. Looking at crimes involving property, Santa Cruz, CA is 112% higher than its state's mean, and 123% higher than the country's average.

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Santa Cruz is 122% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 17.36 daily crimes that occur in Santa Cruz.
  • Santa Cruz is safer than 7% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Santa Cruz you have a 1 in 16 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Santa Cruz has increased by 6%.

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Daily Crime In Santa Cruz (per 100,000 people)

The illustration above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Santa Cruz, CA on a daily bases (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of California. A comparison to the average number of daily national crimes is displayed as well. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Santa Cruz, CA (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California state wide, are 2.08 times more than the state average and 2.22 times more than than national statistics. Violent crimes committed in Santa Cruz, CA on a daily bases are 1.83 times more than than California average and 2.09 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Santa Cruz, CA are 2.12 times more than the daily state average and 2.23 times more than the daily national numbers.

How Safe is Santa Cruz (higher is better)

What are the odds that you'll be safer in Santa Cruz, CA compared to other areas of California, as well as the rest of America? In the included graphs, it's depicted that Santa Cruz, CA safer than 7% when compared to other California cities, and 7% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are derived from a closer look at each city's crime rate in California, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Santa Cruz, CA. At this time, Santa Cruz, CA sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Santa Cruz

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Santa Cruz is 1 in 129
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Santa Cruz is 1 in 18
The chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Cruz is 1 in 16
Are you interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Santa Cruz, CA? Just look at the above illustrations to see what your chances are of becoming a victim of any crime, such as property crime or violent crime, in this city. In Santa Cruz, CA, you have a 1 in 129 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 18. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Cruz, CA is 1 in 16.

Year Over Year Crime In Santa Cruz (per 100,000 people)

The year over year crime rate for Santa Cruz, CA is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining whether living in Santa Cruz, CA has become a safer or more dangerous place to live. For example, the above graph shows the year over year crime rate for violent, property and total crimes per 100,000 people. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 6% in Santa Cruz, CA, while property crimes in Santa Cruz, CA have increased by 8%. Crimes in total for Santa Cruz, CA have increased by 6% year over year.

Santa Cruz police department

ItemSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)11051,506556,527
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.83.63.3
There are a total of 110 Santa Cruz police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 50% less than the California average and 44.7% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in California

StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /100K
California68,119197222
There are a total of 68,119 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 197 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 11% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Pasatiempo, CA1,01660367427
Brookdale, CA2,20467411477
Bonny Doon, CA2,75267411477
La Selva Beach, CA2,93267411477
Lexington Hills, CA2,36767411477
Santa Cruz, CA62,0457795,5576,336

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Bethesda, MD62,0242101,0651,275
Eden Prairie, MN62,096521,4961,548
Daytona Beach, FL61,9131,5566,5828,138
Waltham, MA61,9081751,1211,296
Dundalk, MD62,1867473,7844,530
Santa Cruz, CA62,0457795,5576,336
Source: The Santa Cruz, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2015. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.