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Total crime 104%
Violent crime 57%
Property crime 113%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSanta Cruz/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,321n/a (estimate)5,0892,7722,489
Murder0n/a0.04.35.0
Rape29n/a44.437.542.6
Robbery88n/a134.8132.481.6
Assault272n/a416.8267.1250.2
Violent crime389n/a (estimate)596441379
Burglary348n/a533.2386.1340.5
Theft2,363n/a3,620.71,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft221n/a338.6358.8219.9
Property crime2,932n/a (estimate)4,4932,3312,110

Key findings

  • Santa Cruz crime rates are 104% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Santa Cruz are 57% higher than the national average
  • In Santa Cruz you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Santa Cruz is safer than 8% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Santa Cruz has increased by 1%

Santa Cruz crime map

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The Santa Cruz crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Santa Cruz as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Santa Cruz crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Santa Cruz on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of California and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Santa Cruz (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 1.84 times more than the state average and 2.04 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Santa Cruz on a daily basis are 1.35 times more than than California average and 1.57 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Santa Cruz are 1.93 times more than the daily state average and 2.13 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, California compared to other areas of California, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Santa Cruz safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Santa Cruz is safer than 7% of California cities, and 8% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking 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. At this time, Santa Cruz 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 168
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Santa Cruz is 1 in 23
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Cruz is 1 in 20
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Santa Cruz? In Santa Cruz, you have a 1 in 168 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 23. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Cruz, CA is 1 in 20.

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

      The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Santa Cruz is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Santa Cruz has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have not changed in Santa Cruz, while property crimes in Santa Cruz have increased by 2%. Total crime has increased by 1% year over year.

      Santa Cruz police department

      ItemSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)11051,506558,732
      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 44.5% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in California

      StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /100K
      California79,891232266
      There are a total of 79,891 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 232 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Pasatiempo, CA1,28862327389
      Corralitos, CA2,55769366435
      Lexington Hills, CA2,61769366435
      La Selva Beach, CA2,63369366435
      Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley, CA2,28876402478
      Bonny Doon, CA3,11784444528
      Day Valley, CA3,73984444528
      Santa Cruz, CA63,3105964,4935,089

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Florence-Graham, CA63,3907584,0054,762
      Madera, CA63,3985041,9642,468
      Eden Prairie, MN63,206801,0811,161
      Montebello, CA63,4162842,3112,595
      West Hartford, CT63,187572,2362,293
      Santa Cruz, CA63,3105964,4935,089
      Source: The Santa Cruz, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.