Recent Santa Barbara Crime Data
updated: Oct 01, 2013, 2:58 PM
The following is a summary of some of the crime data collected by the Police Department during the months of July and August 2013 for the City of Santa Barbara. This information has been gleaned from a combination of statistical analysis and input from Patrol Division and Investigative Division supervisors tasked with reviewing crime reports.
The overall numbers of major crimes reported in August, commonly referred to as "Part 1" crimes, are roughly even with the previous month but down in comparison to year to date figures from 2012. In August 2013 there were 233 Part 1 crimes reported, compared to 239 in July 2013. Year to date Part 1 crimes total 2,139, a decrease of 15% compared to 2012.
Minor crimes reported in August, known as "Part 2" crimes, are down 4% from the previous month and roughly even with year to date figures from 2012. In August 2013 there were 2,623 Part 2 crimes reported, compared to 2,719 in July 2013. Year to date Part 2 crimes total 19,571, compared to 19,737 in 2012.
Violent Crimes: The number of violent crimes in August increased from the previous month but for the year is down, particularly instances of rape. All of the documented robberies in August were of the strong-arm variety and four started as shoplifting incidents. There were 45 violent crimes reported in August 2013, a decrease of 15% compared to August 2012. Year to date 278 violent crimes have been reported, a decrease of 9% compared to 2012.
Property Crimes: The number of property crimes in August decreased from the previous month. Cases of vehicle theft however are still slightly up in comparison to year to date figures from 2012. Year to date 1,861 property crimes have been reported, a decrease of 15% compared to 2012.
Gang Incidents: The overall number of gang incidents increased from the previous month, 41 for August 2013 compared to 22 for July 2013. The jump in numbers however stemmed from the culmination of ongoing gang investigations and does not reflect an increase in street activity in August. Most gang incidents were cases of graffiti vandalism.
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