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Santa Cruz Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 137th
  • Violent Crimes: 44th (32nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 26th (88th per 100k)
  • Rape: 34th (31st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 36th (38th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 61st (59th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 48th (19th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 80th (99th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 32nd (16th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 103rd (120th per 100k)
  • Arson: 31st (47th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 554th
  • Violent Crimes: 230th (581st per 100k)
  • Murder: 76th (386th per 100k)
  • Rape: 147th (746th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 202nd (670th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 226th (480th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 239th (481st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 344th (1,580th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 211th (432nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 253rd (401st per 100k)
  • Arson: 93rd (446th per 100k)

In Santa Cruz County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 2nd (2nd per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 2nd (2nd per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (1st per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 64,220
  • Households: 21,516
  • Median Income: $62,164
  • Land Area: 12.74 miles2
  • Water Area: 3.088 miles2
  • Time Zone: PDT

Santa Cruz, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 1 2
Rape 63 44
Agg. Assault 351 337
Robbery 109 116
Burglary 420 431
Vehicle Thefts 248 299
Arson 24 25

Violent Crimes in Santa Cruz, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 2
Rape 44
Aggravated Assault 337
Robbery 116

Property Crimes in Santa Cruz, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 431
Larceny 2831
Motor Vehicle Theft 299
Arson 25

Violent Crimes in Santa Cruz, CA

Year Violent Crimes
2006 399
2008 446
2009 453
2010 553
2011 480
2012 433
2013 407
2014 524
2015 499

Robbery in Santa Cruz, CA

Year Robbery
2006 107
2008 112
2009 91
2010 120
2011 113
2012 83
2013 85
2014 109
2015 116

California Criminal Statistics:


As the table-above indicates, major crimes in 2015 in Santa Cruz, CA included 499 violent crimes and 3561 property crimes. The 499 violent crimes included: 2 murders, 337 aggravated assaults, 44 forcible rapes, and 116 robberies. The 3561 property crimes included: 299 motor vehicle thefts, 431 burglaries, 25 counts of arson, and 2831 counts of larceny and/or theft. Of course, there were additional offenses in Santa Cruz, CA which fell outside of the major crime category; these crimes are generally charged as misdemeanors. It is important to realize that the numbers above reflect the reported crime rate, not the actual crime rate. Depending on the crime, there can be a huge disparity between the actual crime rate and the reporting rate.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 153709 166883
Murder 1699 1861
Rape 19925 22198
Agg. Assault 91803 99349
Robbery 48680 52862
Property Crimes 947192 1024914
Burglary 202670 197404
Larceny 592670 656517
Vehicle Thefts 151852 170993
Arson 0 0

Looking for information on a specific individual in Santa Cruz, CA? BeenVerified can help you locate background check and criminal records for individuals living in Santa Cruz or in the greater Santa Cruz, CA metropolitan area. These records can help you determine if someone has been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime. However, it is important to realize that the absence of a criminal record is no guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior.

Most major metropolitan areas include suburbs and surrounding areas. Crimes in those areas may not be charged in the city, but in the surrounding county or state. Therefore, it may be important to look at statewide crime statistics.


Violent Crimes in the state of California

Year Violent Crimes
2006 194120
2007 191025
2008 185173
2009 174459
2010 164133
2011 154944
2012 160944
2013 154129
2014 153709
2015 166883

You may also want to look at crime trends to compare a city to the state or the country, as a whole. To do this, you do not look at the overall number of crimes, but at the crime rate. It is also helpful to look at crime rates over time to determine whether a city or state is experiencing a growth in crime compared to the country, as a whole. Conventionally, the crime rate is reported as incidents per 1,000 people.

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