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Recent Santa Barbara Crime Data
updated: Jan 29, 2014, 4:07 PM

Source: SBPD

The following is a summary of some of the crime data collected by the Police Department during the months of November and December 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 number of major crimes reported, commonly referred to as "Part 1" crimes, are up from November but down in comparison to year-end figures from 2012. In December 2013 there were 232 Part 1 crimes reported, compared to 213 in November 2013. In 2013 there were 3,166 Part 1 crimes, a decrease of 15% compared to 2012.

Minor crimes reported, known as "Part 2" crimes, remained roughly even with November and for the year were up 2%. In December 2013 there were 2,272 Part 2 crimes reported, compared to 2,368 in November 2013. 2013 Part 2 crimes totaled 29,738, compared to 29,087 in 2012.

Violent Crime: The number of violent crimes in December increased slightly from the previous month and for the year was up 4%, although instances of robbery and rape in 2013 were significantly down. The number of aggravated assaults however increased 17% from 2012; many of these instances were gang, domestic violence, homeless, or nightlife related. There were 38 violent crimes reported in December 2013, compared to 35 in November 2013. In 2013 450 violent crimes were reported, compared to 432 in 2012.

Property Crime: The overall number of property crimes in December increased from the previous month but were down significantly in all tracked categories for the year. In 2013 there were 17% fewer burglaries, 13% fewer thefts of automobiles, and 25% fewer burglaries or thefts from vehicles than in 2012. In 2013 a total of 2,716 property crimes were reported, a decrease of 17% compared to 2012.

Gang Activity: The overall number of gang incidents decreased significantly in December 2013 with 9, compared to 23 in the previous month. In December the most common type of gang incident was graffiti vandalism. 70 Part 1 (major) gang or gang related crimes occurred in 2013, an increase of 35% compared to 2012.


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