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Crime rate in Watertown, Massachusetts (MA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Watertown, MA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Watertown, MA

The 2018 crime rate in Watertown, MA was 68 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 4.1 times smaller than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 25.4% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Watertown crime rate fell by 5% compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Watertown has seen an increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime.
See how dangerous Watertown, MA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Watertown:

67.6
Belmont:

38.1
Newton:

46.8
Waltham:

94.2
Arlington:

39.3
Cambridge:

164.5
Brookline:

73.2
Somerville:

124.5
Medford:

78.5
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Watertown by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(3.1)
2
(6.2)
3
(9.4)
3
(9.2)
2
(6.1)
4
(12.2)
2
(6.2)
3
(9.2)
6
(18.0)
3
(9.0)
4
(11.5)
3
(8.7)
5
(14.1)
9
(24.8)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
15
(46.1)
9
(27.7)
12
(37.4)
6
(18.5)
7
(21.2)
13
(39.7)
7
(21.8)
6
(18.4)
5
(15.0)
5
(15.0)
4
(11.5)
4
(11.5)
5
(14.1)
3
(8.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
46
(141.5)
26
(80.0)
41
(127.9)
43
(132.5)
29
(88.0)
47
(143.4)
42
(130.8)
47
(144.5)
42
(126.3)
23
(69.0)
28
(80.7)
31
(89.5)
22
(61.8)
17
(46.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
116
(356.8)
77
(236.9)
114
(355.5)
101
(311.1)
89
(270.2)
69
(210.5)
80
(249.1)
66
(202.9)
61
(183.4)
49
(146.9)
50
(144.1)
29
(83.7)
37
(104.0)
38
(104.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
518
(1,593)
452
(1,391)
464
(1,447)
433
(1,334)
509
(1,545)
436
(1,330)
385
(1,199)
442
(1,359)
388
(1,167)
374
(1,121)
391
(1,127)
360
(1,039)
289
(812.1)
230
(633.3)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
35
(107.6)
20
(61.5)
32
(99.8)
29
(89.3)
32
(97.1)
29
(88.5)
27
(84.1)
20
(61.5)
12
(36.1)
16
(48.0)
15
(43.2)
11
(31.7)
15
(42.2)
15
(41.3)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(6.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(6.0)
2
(5.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)141.9106.4135.0121.7117.3125.4109.8115.3106.684.587.478.271.067.6

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of Massachusetts and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Watertown, Massachusetts as of February 18, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Watertown is 34,327 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.



Violent crime rate in 2018
Watertown:

52.3
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Watertown:

52.0
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Watertown:

59.2
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Watertown:

57.6
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Watertown:

51.0
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Watertown:

88.7
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Watertown:

90.7
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Watertown:

82.5
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Watertown:

103.7
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Watertown:

60.7
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Watertown:

84.7
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Watertown:

92.0
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Watertown:

60.0
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Watertown:

96.9
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Watertown:

73.5
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2002
Watertown:

66.2
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Watertown:

58.8
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Watertown:

67.7
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Watertown:

73.4
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Watertown:

91.6
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Watertown:

92.6
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Watertown:

100.4
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Watertown:

117.7
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Watertown:

122.4
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Watertown:

121.9
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Watertown:

145.9
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Watertown:

142.3
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Watertown:

158.4
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Watertown:

126.2
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Watertown:

167.2
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Watertown:

139.8
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2002
Watertown:

138.0
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 80 (67 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.84
Massachusetts average:

2.42

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 76 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.77
Massachusetts average:

2.40

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 71 (67 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.93
Massachusetts average:

2.57

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 76 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.82
Massachusetts average:

2.53

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 66 (62 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.86
Massachusetts average:

2.50

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 78 (65 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.95
Massachusetts average:

2.47

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 69 (65 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.00
Massachusetts average:

2.45

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 77 (64 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.99
Massachusetts average:

2.49

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 76 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.92
Massachusetts average:

2.47

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 68 (64 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.94
Massachusetts average:

2.49

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 83 (70 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.16
Massachusetts average:

2.61

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 81 (68 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.12
Massachusetts average:

2.60

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 79 (68 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.06
Massachusetts average:

2.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 75 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.91
Massachusetts average:

2.62

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 81 (69 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.09
Massachusetts average:

2.54

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 82 (70 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.12
Massachusetts average:

2.56

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Watertown, MA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 02472.