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Total crime 4%
Violent crime 59%
Property crime 15%
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 peopleWatsonville/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,299n/a (estimate)2,3942,7722,489
Murder1n/a1.84.35.0
Rape37n/a68.237.542.6
Robbery53n/a97.7132.481.6
Assault237n/a436.8267.1250.2
Violent crime328n/a (estimate)604441379
Burglary148n/a272.8386.1340.5
Theft589n/a1,085.51,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft234n/a431.2358.8219.9
Property crime971n/a (estimate)1,7902,3312,110

Key findings

  • Watsonville crime rates are 4% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Watsonville are 59% higher than the national average
  • In Watsonville you have a 1 in 42 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Watsonville is safer than 16% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Watsonville has decreased by 17%

Watsonville crime map

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

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      Daily Crime In Watsonville (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Watsonville, CA per 100,000 people. In Watsonville, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.16 times less than the California average and 1.04 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Watsonville is 1.37 times more than the California average and 1.59 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Watsonville has a daily crime rate that is 1.30 times less than the California average and 1.18 times less than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Watsonville (higher is better)

      How safe is Watsonville, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Watsonville is safer than 18% of the cities in California and 16% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in California and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Watsonville. Overall, Watsonville is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Watsonville

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Watsonville is 1 in 166
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Watsonville is 1 in 56
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Watsonville is 1 in 42
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Watsonville? If you reside in Watsonville, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 166. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 56 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 Watsonville, is 1 in 42.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Watsonville, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Watsonville has increased by 35%, while the property crime rate in Watsonville has decreased by 27% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Watsonville has decreased by 17% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Watsonville police department

      ItemWatsonvilleCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)8151,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.63.63.3
      There are a total of 81 Watsonville police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 56.9% less than the California average and 52.2% 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
      La Selva Beach, CA2,63369366435
      Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley, CA2,28876402478
      Day Valley, CA3,73984444528
      Elkhorn, CA1,091131694825
      Seacliff, CA3,364145765910
      Watsonville, CA52,9156041,7902,394

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Yucaipa, CA52,8863711,1881,558
      Kingsport, TN52,8716125,2185,830
      Bradenton, FL52,9856122,5083,120
      Bellevue, NE52,9932041,7841,988
      Lake Havasu City, AZ53,0581571,2091,366
      Watsonville, CA52,9156041,7902,394
      Source: The Watsonville, 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.