News release - 9/6/2012

Published 9/6/2012 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief




NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                           

CONTACT Assistant Chief S. Whitney

Scott.whitney@oxnardpd.org
(805)385-7624

   

 


DETAILS:
Attached are the preliminary crime statistics for the 2012 mid-calendar year. The Oxnard Police Department reports crime statistics to the FBI for the annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The FBI is responsible for collecting, publishing and archiving these statistics. This report was conceived in 1929 as a method of providing reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation.
 
The report refers to “Part 1 crimes” which include two categories – violent crime and property crime. Violent crimes include: homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes include: burglary, auto theft, larceny and arson. The table below shows Part 1 crimes in the city of Oxnard for 2011 and 2012.

Part I Crimes  
2011
(Jan-Jun)
 
2012
(Jan-Jun)
Numerical Difference Percent
Change
Violent Crimes        
Homicide 2 4 2 100.0%
Rape 18 -1 -19 -105.6
Robbery 138 150 12 8.7
Aggravated Assault 154 135 -19 -12.3
Total 312 288 -24 -7.7%
Property Crimes        
Burglary 255 401 146 57.3%
Auto Theft 183 239 56 30.6%
Larceny 1,291 1,269 -22 -1.7%
Arson 12 19 7 58.3%
Total 1,741 1,928 187 10.7%
         
Grand Total 2,053 2,216 163 7.9%
  • Overall, Part 1 crimes increased by 7.9 percent in the first six months of 2012

 

  • Violent crimes decreased by 7.7 percent
    • The negative total in the rape category is attributed to crimes which were reported within calendar year 2011, but were deemed unfounded during calendar year 2012. As a result, there were more reported crimes unfounded than reported during the first six month period of this year

 

  • Property crimes increased by 10.7 percent.
    • Residential garage burglaries had the most significant increase. In the first six months of 2011, there were 36 and in 2012, there were 71. The method of entry was “open or unlocked” doors for 30 of these incidents. Residents are reminded and encouraged to close and lock their garage doors.

 
Although Part 1 crimes have increased so far this year as compared to 2011, when compared to the same time period in 2010, 2012 is still 11% lower. The graph below shows the number of Part 1 crimes in Oxnard for the first six months, of the past five years.



 



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