Reported Annual Crime In Watertown

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWatertown/100k peopleSouth Dakota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime525n/a (estimate)2,3562,3102,745
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWatertown/100k peopleSouth Dakota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Violent crime81n/a (estimate)364434383
Vehicle theft16n/a71.8159.0237.4
Property crime444n/a (estimate)1,9931,8762,362

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The table above provides a full overview of all reported crimes in Watertown, SD for the year. The sum of recorded criminal acts in Watertown, SD 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 Watertown, SD crime rates are 2% higher than in comparison to the South Dakota mean and are 14% lower than the nation's mean. In regards to violent offenses, Watertown, SD has a rate that is 16% lower than the South Dakota average; compared to the United States, it is 5% lower than. Looking at crimes involving property, Watertown, SD is 6% higher than its state's mean, and 16% lower than the country's average.
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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 low crime compared to the areas with high crime. The Watertown crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Watertown is 14% lower than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 6.45 daily crimes that occur in Watertown.
  • Watertown is safer than 34% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Watertown you have a 1 in 43 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Watertown has decreased by 26%.

Compare Watertown, SD Crime To Other Cities

Daily Crime In Watertown (per 100,000 people)

The illustration above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Watertown, SD on a daily bases (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of South Dakota. A comparison to the average number of daily national crimes is displayed as well. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Watertown, SD (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to South Dakota state wide, are 1.02 times more than the state average and 1.17 times less than than national statistics. Violent crimes committed in Watertown, SD on a daily bases are 1.19 times less than than South Dakota average and 1.05 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Watertown, SD are 1.06 times more than the daily state average and 1.19 times less than the daily national numbers.

How Safe is Watertown (higher is better)

Are people any safer living in the Watertown, SD area in comparison to other South Dakota communities and all other cities throughout the United States? The evidence provided by these graphs show Watertown, SD being safer than 34% of cities in South Dakota and 34% of cities across the United States as a whole. 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, SD. In conclusion, Watertown, SD now ranks below average in comparison to all United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Watertown

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Watertown is 1 in 276
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Watertown is 1 in 51
The chance of being a victim of crime in Watertown is 1 in 43
Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Watertown, SD? The graphics above display the likelihood of becoming victimized by an illegal act such as a crime including violence or property damage. If you reside in Watertown, SD, the likelihood that you will suffer a violent crime is 1 in 276. These sorts of violent crimes include murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Illegal actions against property are represented by a likelihood of 1 in 51 that you become a victim. 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, SD is 1 in 43.

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

A good indicator of whether Watertown, SD is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate. In the graph above, the year over year crime rates are displayed for violent, property and total crimes per 100,000 people. The number of violent crimes in Watertown, SD has decreased by 5%, while the property crime rate in Watertown, SD has decreased by 29% year over year. The number of total crimes in Watertown, SD has decreased by 26% 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, SD6095072,1942,701
Kranzburg, SD1675192,2452,764
Goodwin, SD1255262,2732,799
Florence, SD3295622,4302,992
Hazel, SD1035762,4913,067
South Shore, SD2076362,7493,385
Watertown, SD22,0263641,9932,356

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Rancho San Diego, CA22,0183591,9962,355
Willowbrook, CA22,0357123,9584,670
Union Hill-Novelty Hill, WA22,0151281,3331,461
South Holland, IL22,0404222,5853,007
Affton, MO22,0605312,8403,372
Watertown, SD22,0263641,9932,356
Source: The Watertown, SD crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2017. 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.
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