News Story

 

Uniformed Crime Reports (UCR) Crime Statistics
2/17/2016 10:22:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Uniformed Crime Reports (UCR) Crime Statistics

Location:

Countywide

Date & Time:

02/17/2016  @ 10:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office

 

 

 

Narrative:

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has released its 2015 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) crime statistics for Part 1 Crimes (Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft and Arson).

 

The data represents the information collected from the five contract cities where the Sheriff's Office provides police services and the unincorporated areas of the county.  Those cities are Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore and Ojai.

 

Overall, reported crime is up 6% when combining all of the Sheriff's jurisdictions.  The increases in crime were reported across all Part 1 crime categories except residential burglaries.  Only the cities of Ojai and Thousand Oaks showed a decrease in Part 1 crimes with Ojai showing a dramatic decrease of 44%.  Ojai reported decreases in all categories of Part 1 crimes with the exception of residential burglaries.  Whereas Thousand Oaks showed the most dramatic decrease in residential burglaries by 45% of all the Sheriff's jurisdictions.

 

Proposition 47, which reclassified a number of felonies to misdemeanors, was expected to reduce the prison and jail population statewide.  While some county jurisdictions have seen modest reductions in their population, Ventura County has not.  Our inmate population remains at pre-Prop 47 levels.  Our justice system has reoriented itself to address an increase in misdemeanor court cases and a reduction in felony cases.  This is the first full year of post Prop 47 releases of offenders and the reduction of certain felonies to misdemeanors.  Sheriff's Office statistics show that 32% (793) of convicted offenders have reoffended since their release from custody and 87% (687) of those have been arrested between one and three times.   We continue to evaluate crime and arrest data in an attempt to definitively measure the local effects of Proposition 47, however, while there is no definitive correlation between Prop 47 and the increase in crime, it certainly appears that a logical progression would lend us to believe there is a direct connection.

 

For a copy of the full report go to http://www.vcsd.org/crime_stats.php.   

 

Although there was a small increase in reported Part 1 crimes in 2015, the crime rate is still lower than it has been over the past 25 years, with the exception of 2014.  Much of our success as a law enforcement agency is due to our partnerships with the communities we serve.  We encourage people to actively report suspicious and/or criminal activity immediately by calling 9-1-1.  Non-emergency reports can be made through our Sheriff's Communication Center by calling (805) 654-9511.

For questions on specific patrol area crime statistics please contact:

Camarillo Police Department

Commander Monica McGrath:  388-5102

Fillmore Police Department

Captain Dave Wareham:  524-2233

Moorpark Police Department

Captain Steve Wade:  532-2705

Ojai Police Department

Captain Dave Kenney:  646-1418

Thousand Oaks Police Department

Commander Tim Hagel:  494-8265

 

 

Prepared by:

Captain John Reilly

 

News Release Date:

02/17/2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain John Reilly (805) 947-6782

Sgt. Denise Sliva (805) 947-9258

 

 

Approved by:

Assistant Sheriff Steve Decesari