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Total crime 22%
Violent crime 21%
Property crime 22%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWatertown/100k peopleSouth Dakota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime449n/a (estimate)2,0112,1332,580
Murder0n/a0.01.45.0
Rape18n/a80.669.642.6
Robbery4n/a17.929.786.2
Assault45n/a201.6304.0246.8
Violent crime67n/a (estimate)300405381
Burglary54n/a241.9291.4376.0
Theft309n/a1,384.21,264.51,594.6
Vehicle theft19n/a85.1172.7228.9
Property crime382n/a (estimate)1,7111,7292,200

Key findings

  • Watertown crime rates are 22% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Watertown are 21% lower than the national average
  • In Watertown you have a 1 in 50 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Watertown is safer than 41% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Watertown has decreased by 15%

Watertown crime map

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The Watertown crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Watertown 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 Watertown crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Watertown (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Watertown on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of South Dakota and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Watertown (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to South Dakota, are 1.06 times less than the state average and 1.28 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Watertown on a daily basis are 1.35 times less than than South Dakota average and 1.27 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Watertown are 1.01 times less than the daily state average and 1.29 times less than the daily national numbers.

      How Safe is Watertown (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Watertown in comparison to other South Dakota communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Watertown safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Watertown being safer than 29% of cities in South Dakota and 41% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking South Dakota cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Watertown. In conclusion, Watertown ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Watertown

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Watertown is 1 in 334
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Watertown is 1 in 59
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Watertown is 1 in 50
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Watertown? If you reside in Watertown, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 334. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 59 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Watertown, is 1 in 50.

      Year Over Year Crime In Watertown (per 100,000 people)

      A good indicator of whether Watertown is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Watertown has decreased by 18%, while the property crime rate in Watertown has decreased by 14% year over year. The number of total crimes in Watertown has decreased by 15% year over year.

      Watertown police department

      ItemWatertownSouth DakotaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)51995558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.32.23.3
      There are a total of 51 Watertown police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 4.4% greater than the South Dakota average and 28.4% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in South Dakota

      StateTotal offendersSouth Dakota /100KNational /100K
      South Dakota000

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Castlewood, SD6094742,0222,495
      Kranzburg, SD1674852,0692,554
      Goodwin, SD1254912,0952,585
      Florence, SD3295252,2392,764
      Hazel, SD1035382,2962,834
      South Shore, SD2075932,5333,127
      Watertown, SD22,0263001,7112,011

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Rancho San Diego, CA22,0183571,9032,260
      Willowbrook, CA22,0357093,7734,481
      Union Hill-Novelty Hill, WA22,0151311,2371,368
      South Holland, IL22,0403142,4942,808
      Affton, MO22,0605032,6533,156
      Watertown, SD22,0263001,7112,011
      Source: The Watertown, SD crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.