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Violent Crime Increases 14% in 2016 Across Riverside County

Unincorporated Area Violent Crime Decreases Nearly 4%


August 17, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has released preliminary crime statistics for the first 6 months of calendar year 2016, indicating an overall increase of 4% in all reported FBI Part I crimes. Violent Crime increased by 14.1% throughout the Sheriff’s areas of Riverside County (in both unincorporated areas and cities), along with 3.1% increase in overall property crime in those same areas.

Homicides have nearly doubled from 14 in 2015 to 27 so far in 2016. There was a 19% increase in the number of robberies and an 11.4% increase in aggravated assaults reported to the Sheriff. Auto thefts have increased by over 18% in 2016.

Within just the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, Violent Crime decreased by 3.9%, and Property Crimes increased by 3.7%, with all FBI Part I Crime in the unincorporated areas up by 2.9% in 2016, over the same time period the previous year. In the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, the overall increase in reported Part 1 crimes was impacted the most by robberies (increased by 22.1%) and larceny-theft (increased by 9.8%).

Patrol staffing in the County’s unincorporated areas is set through discretionary funding established each year by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, while in contrast, the Sheriff’s contract city partners (city councils and city managers) each establish their own patrol staffing levels for their respective cities. Unincorporated patrol staffing countywide has been set for awhile at 1.04 sworn staff/1,000 population due to county budget constraints, including for the first 6 months of 2016.

The Sheriff’s Department serves as the contract policing agency partner for 17 of Riverside County’s 28 cities and also serves the unincorporated areas of Riverside County for criminal investigations. Altogether, the Sheriff is responsible for policing nearly 1.4 million residents of the County’s population of over 2.3 million. Annually Sheriff’s Department dispatchers receive over 1.6 million phone calls from the public and dispatch nearly 900,000 calls for service (CFS) by Sheriff’s staff, with nearly 1/3 being in-progress calls for service. Riverside County is the 4th most populous of California’s 58 counties, and the 10th most populous county within the nation.

Post-PROP 47 drug and property crime jail bookings from all agencies within Riverside County made a sharp decline in the first 6 months of 2015. Those booking numbers are now increasing in 2016 to pre-PROP 47 levels. In addition, Federal court-ordered early releases from our jail system in Riverside County that decreased in 2015, are now reversing course and increasing in numbers during 2016.

Table I: 2016 Overall Crime Data in the Sheriff’s Areas (preliminary, Jan - June)

 

2015

2016

%

FBI Violent Crime:

1,455

1,660

+14.1%

FBI Property Crime:

17,159

17,694

+3.1%

All Part I Crime

18,614

19,354

+4%

 

 

 

 

Homicides

14

27

+93%

Forcible Rapes

69

70

+1.5%

Robbery

457

544

+19%

Aggravated Assaults

915

1,019

+11.4%

Burglary

3,328

3,150

-5.4%

Vehicle Theft

2,674

3,154

+18%

Larceny Theft

11,125

11,357

+2.1%

 

 

 

 

Table II: 2016 Overall Crime Data in just the unincorporated areas alone (preliminary, Jan - June)

 

2015

2016

%

FBI Violent Crime:

431

414

-3.9%

FBI Property Crime:

3,715

3,853

+3.7%

All Part I Crime

4,146

4,267

+2.9%

 

 

 

 

Homicides

5

10

 +100%

Forcible Rapes

24

26

+8.3%

Robbery

77

94

+22.1%

Aggravated Assaults

325

284

-12.6%

Burglary

930

872

-6.2%

Vehicle Theft

663

653

-1.5%

Larceny Theft

2,110

2,317

+9.8%

 



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