Recent Santa Barbara Crime Data
updated: Apr 30, 2014, 3:55 PM
The following is a summary of some of the crime data collected by the Police Department during the months of February and March 2014 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 in March, commonly referred to as "Part 1" crimes, is up from the previous month but significantly down in comparison to the year to date figure from 2013. In March 2014 there were 231 Part 1 crimes reported, compared to 211 in February 2014. Year to date Part 1 crimes total 660, a decrease of 26% compared to 2013.
Minor crimes reported in February, known as "Part 2" crimes, are up 5% from the previous month and also up 5% from the year to date figure from 2013. In March 2014 there were 2,401 Part 2 crimes reported, compared to 2,277 in February 2014. Year to date Part 2 crimes total 7,218, compared to 6,903 for the same period in 2013.
Violent Crimes: The number of violent crimes in March increased 48% from the previous month, however remains below the year to date figure from 2013. Aggravated assaults of all types contributed to the March increase. There were 34 violent crimes reported in March 2014, a decrease of 21% compared to March 2013, which had 43. Year to date 100 violent crimes have been reported, compared to 108 for the same period in 2013.
Property Crimes: The number of property crimes in March increased 5% from the previous month but is down 29% in comparison to year to date figure from 2013. Commercial burglaries and shoplift burglaries contributed to the March increase. There were 197 property crimes reported in March 2014. Year to date 560 property crimes have been reported, compared to 788 for the same period in 2013.
Gang Incidents: The overall number of gang incidents in March remained even with the previous month at 13. These numbers, however, are low. Most gang incidents continue to be cases of graffiti vandalism.
Additional Santa Barbara crime information and statistics can be found here: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/police/online/crimestats.asp.
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