July Fourth Sees Spike in Police Activity
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
July 4th falling over a holiday weekend may have exacerbated general criminal activity. The Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communications Center fielded a 45% increase in calls for service when compared to the five-year average for the 4th of July. A total of fifty-one police reports were documented over the two-day period.
In all, local police addressed 475 calls for service July 4th through July 5th. Sixty of those calls were constituents worried about their neighbor launching high-powered mortar fireworks. A total of 158 calls were fireworks-related. The five-year average for fireworks-related calls is approximately 40.
Twenty calls for service reported loud house parties where revelers were not adhering to public health directives.
The City also saw a rise in violent and serious felonies during the holiday weekend – 11 total. Four of those unique felonies involved an assault with a deadly weapon. Additionally, Police responded to a hit and run with injuries in the downtown area as well as three grand theft investigations.