Watsonville, CA Criminal and Public Records

Are you searching for criminal records or background information on someone in Watsonville, CA? BeenVerified has access to public arrest records in Santa Cruz County that can help you identify criminal background history for individuals in and around the Watsonville area. Watsonville has a population of 53,628, which makes it the 167th largest city in California, and an average income of $46,018. We’ve compiled helpful crime statistics below, or you can look up a specific person’s criminal records.

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Crime in Watsonville, CA

One of the first ways to gauge crime is to look at the reported crimes in that city over a year’s time. Keep in mind that you cannot compare one city’s reported crimes to another city’s reported crimes without also understanding any differences in population. In addition, the reported crime rate and the actual crime rate may be very different; crimes such as forcible rape are notoriously underreported, while crimes like motor vehicle theft have higher reporting rates.

In 2015, there were 303 reported violent crimes and 1930 reported property crimes in Watsonville. This compares to 166,883 reported violent crimes and 1,024,914 reported property crimes statewide in California. This makes Watsonville 87th in the state of California when it comes to violent crimes per 100k people.

The most common violent crime in Watsonville was agg. assault, with 162 reported. The most common property crime was larceny, with 1,261 reported.

In addition to these major crimes, there were a number of other offenses committed, but most of those were charged as misdemeanors. Our charts below have much more information.


Watsonville Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 167th
  • Violent Crimes: 75th (87th per 100k)
  • Murder: 24th (48th per 100k)
  • Rape: 43rd (47th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 77th (119th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 67th (46th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 108th (74th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 137th (216th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 111th (74th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 68th (36th per 100k)
  • Arson: 52nd (194th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 711th
  • Violent Crimes: 344th (1,038th per 100k)
  • Murder: 74th (342nd per 100k)
  • Rape: 158th (814th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 327th (1,499th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 238th (423rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 481st (1,581st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 476th (2,471st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 542nd (2,018th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 198th (120th per 100k)
  • Arson: 114th (759th per 100k)

In Santa Cruz County (2015)

  • Population: 2nd
  • Violent Crimes: 2nd (2nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 2nd (2nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 2nd (2nd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 2nd (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 2nd (3rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 2nd (3rd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 2nd (3rd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 2nd (4th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 53,628
  • Households: 14,216
  • Median Income: $46,018
  • Land Area: 6.688 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.096 miles2
  • Time Zone: PDT

Watsonville, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 8 4
Rape 14 33
Agg. Assault 158 162
Robbery 85 104
Burglary 190 254
Vehicle Thefts 362 415
Arson 6 4

Violent Crimes in Watsonville, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 4
Rape 33
Aggravated Assault 162
Robbery 104

Property Crimes in Watsonville, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 254
Larceny 1261
Motor Vehicle Theft 415
Arson 4

Property Crimes in Watsonville, CA

Year Property Crimes
2006 2007
2008 1872
2009 1825
2010 1539
2011 1605
2012 1585
2013 1308
2014 1489
2015 1930

Vehicle Thefts in Watsonville, CA

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 163
2008 224
2009 281
2010 177
2011 310
2012 296
2013 266
2014 362
2015 415

California Criminal Statistics:


Criminal Records Lookup

Do you want to lookup a specific individual’s criminal records? While a criminal background check may be important, it is important to understand that that the presence or absence of some criminal history may not be indicative of a person’s actual criminal behavior. People can be arrested for and charged with crimes that they did not commit, while other people may never be charged with crimes that they did commit. Therefore, when looking at an individual’s criminal background, it is important to understand the differences between arrests, charges, and convictions. It is equally important to understand that the absence of a criminal record does not guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior or will not engage in future criminal behavior.

All you need is a first name and last name to begin looking up someone’s criminal records. Try BeenVerified’s criminal records search.

You may also want to look at statewide reporting numbers.

California Statistics:

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

While the overall numbers can help you find some information, the crime rate is more informative. The crime rate can be reported in various ways; here we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By looking at the crime rate in a city, you can determine whether that city is more or less dangerous than surrounding cities. Here, we have compiled comparisons of the rate for various crimes in Watsonville and compared them to the rates for that same crime in California and nationwide.


Property Crimes in the state of California

Year Property Crimes
2006 1156017
2007 1108660
2008 1080747
2009 1009614
2010 981939
2011 973901
2012 1049465
2013 1018907
2014 947192
2015 1024914

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