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Riverside County Crime Continues to Increase

January 14, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Sheriff released preliminary crime trends for the first half of 2015, as reported to the FBI. That information has been updated through the first 11 months of 2015, January through November; the Sheriff’s Department will update the 2015 crime trends in February with the finalized data for the entire 12 months of Calendar Year 2015. This interim information provides trending information for Riverside County, in those areas served by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

FBI Part I crime statistics for the first 11 months of 2015 for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department indicate a 6% increase in FBI Part I violent crimes, largely due to increases in robberies and aggravated assaults. Property crimes increased nearly 7%, with an overall FBI Part I crime increase of 6.9% in the first 11 months of this year over the very same period in 2014. So far in 2015, there has been a 32% reduction in homicides and a 22.6% drop in burglaries reported to the Sheriff in the combined unincorporated areas of Riverside County and our contract partner cities. The Sheriff’s Department serves as the contract policing agency partner with 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.

But within just the unincorporated Riverside County areas alone, reported FBI Part I violent crimes have increased by 17.7%, property crimes have increased 13.9%, and overall FBI Part I crime increased 14.3% in 2015 over the very same period in 2014 (first 11 months). Homicides in the unincorporated areas of the county declined by 47%, reported rapes declined by 29%, and burglaries declined 5.6%, over 2014. However, robberies increased by over 17%, aggravated assaults increased by almost 25%, larceny thefts increased by over 16%, and auto thefts in the county’s unincorporated areas rose by over 16%.

For those following Prop 47 impacts, the Riverside County jail system saw a 30% decrease in the number of drug arrests by all law enforcement agencies that were booked into county jail for the first 11 months of 2015 (January-November) compared to the same period in 2014. There has also been over 16% fewer bookings by all of our county’s law enforcement agencies into the county’s jail system for “property crimes” this year over that same period in the previous year. These percentages have remained nearly constant month-by-month throughout 2015.

Earlier this year, Sheriff’s administration began to see data underscoring a large increase in violent crime in the unincorporated areas outside of the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto served by the Hemet Sheriff’s Station. The Sheriff’s Department is still laboring under the same countywide unincorporated area funded service levels this year as it had in the previous fiscal year (1.04/1000 population) and any increase in county staffing levels have been on hold since June 2015. The Sheriff, after discussing these concerns with Hemet-San Jacinto community leaders this past summer, directed additional visible patrol resources be added to the Hemet Sheriff’s Station service area. The Hemet Sheriff’s Station, typical of the huge distances Sheriff’s Deputies are responsible for, oversees a law enforcement service area of over 800 sq miles, including the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley, Anza, our mountain communities, and four tribal communities.

Annually, Sheriff’s Department dispatchers process some 1.6 million phone calls from the public and dispatch Sheriff’s personnel to nearly 900,000 calls for service (CFS).

Riverside County is the 4th most populous of California’s 58 counties, and the 10th most populous county in the United States.

2015 (Jan–Nov) Overall Crime Data in the Sheriff's Areas City & County
(11 Months, Preliminary Data)





FBI Violent Crime




FBI Property Crime




All Part I Crime








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Vehicle Theft




Larceny Theft





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