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Santa Cruz County, California Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime data for Santa Cruz County, California. You can look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime rates over time, and see how Santa Cruz County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records links for Santa Cruz County, California, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 81,871 total crimes reported in Santa Cruz County, California (10,380 of them violent). Of the 8,187 crimes that transpire each year in Santa Cruz County, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Santa Cruz County, California 23 times each day. This includes 63 murders, 807 rapes, and close to fifty-eight thousand thefts (including 4,083 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in Santa Cruz County, California for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in Santa Cruz County has climbed by 34 per-cent. In the course of that same period, violent crime rose by 34 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a rapid worsening in crime over the last 10 years in Santa Cruz County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit close to eleven thousand for Santa Cruz County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in Santa Cruz County, California (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Santa Cruz County, California (1999-2008)

Individuals are dissuaded against drawing conclusions from ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a particular location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or discrepencies in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual figure bars to see crime data in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Santa Cruz County, California law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Santa Cruz County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.

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