Santa Cruz has a population of 65,132. During the past three years, Santa Cruz saw 12,284 arrests. For 2017, the Santa Cruz's arrest rate totaled 628.42 per 10,000 residents. This increase of 98.52% makes Santa Cruz higher than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. From that total, 409 were violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. The city of Santa Cruz also totaled 3,684 arrests for property crimes during 2017. When compared to Scotts Valley and Watsonville, Santa Cruz is a more dangerous place to live.
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Overall, Santa Cruz had a higher rate of non-violent crime. For 2017, Santa Cruz averaged 409 violent crimes and 3,684 non-violent crimes.
The city of Santa Cruz experienced 5,206 violent crimes during 2007-2017. Of that total, 29 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter. Additionally, 317 was for legacy rape and 96 was for revised rape. The robbery total was 1,155, and the aggravated assault total was 3,609.