News release - 8/22/2013

Published 8/22/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: New statistics show an increase in Oxnard’s FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data for the first six-months of 2013
DATE/TIME: August 22, 2013
LOCATION: City of Oxnard
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager
Assistant Chief Scott Whitney                                                                                      
(805) 385-7751

The FBI gathers crime statistics from law enforcement agencies each year as part of their Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The UCR Program collects data on four violent crimes and four property crimes. The purpose of the program is to generate a reliable set of crime statistics for use by law enforcement. The Oxnard Police Department is a participating UCR agency and believes it is important to share the crime data with our residents.
The City of Oxnard has experienced an increase in reported crime for the first six months of 2013. Reported crime began to rise in 2012 and has continued on this trend for the first half of 2013. The UCR crime categories and the reported crime data for the first six months of 2012 and 2013 are listed below.  

Part I Crimes  
Numerical Difference
Violent Crimes      
Homicide 4 6 2
Rape -1 7 8
Robbery 150 161 11
Aggravated Assault 135 153 18
Total 288 327 39
Property Crimes      
Burglary 401 516 115
Motor Vehicle Theft 239 284 45
Larceny (Theft) 1,269 1,733 464
Arson 19 10 -9
Total 1,928 2,543 615
Grand Total 2,216 2,870 654

Under the crime categories of Violent Crimes, there was a 13% increase in aggravated assaults and a 7% increase in robberies. The city also experienced two more homicides in first six months of 2013 than in the same time period in 2012. The crime category for rapes shows a negative number for the first six months of 2012 because several previously reported rapes were unfounded during that period.
Property crimes had the biggest category increase, with reported larcenies (thefts) up nearly 37% in 2013, as compared to 2012. The numbers of reported burglaries increased by 29% throughout the city and motor vehicle thefts were up 19%.
For reporting purposes, the crime category of theft is divided into eight classifications: Bicycles, Coin-Operated Devices, From Building, From Motor Vehicle, Purse-Snatch/Pick Pocket, Shoplift, Vehicle Parts, and All Other.  Listed below is a comparison by type of theft from 2012 to 2013, January through June.

Category 2012 2013 Numerical Difference Percent Change
All Other 202 260 58 28.7%
Bicycles 77 67 -10 -13.0%
Coin-Operated Devices 8 4 -4 -50.0%
From Building 104 77 -27 -26.0%
From Motor Vehicle 414 746 332 80.2%
Purse Snatch/Pocket Pick 2 0 -2 -100.0%
Shoplift 345 453 108 31.3%
Vehicle Parts 117 126 9 7.7%
  Total 1269 1733 464 36.6%

The increases in crime coincide with the enactment of Asembly Bill 109, which created California’s Realignment plan. The Realignment plan came about after a federal court order to the state to reduce overcrowding in the state’s 33 prisons. “While the prison reduction plan has focused on offenders that are considered low level, many of them are habitual offenders. All other things being equal, when chronic offenders spend less time in custody, they have more opportunities to commit crimes,” said Assistant Chief Scott Whitney. He added, “the biggest challenge with the prison Realignment Plan is reducing recidivism.”
Since the enactment of Assembly Bill 109, there have been approximately 255 individuals released from the California Department of Corrections (CDC), under the Realignment plan, that reside, or are transient within, the City of Oxnard.  The Oxnard Police Department works collaboratively with other agencies in Ventura County, including the Probation Agency, to minimize the potential negative effects that this program has on the city’s crime rate. An Oxnard police officer is assigned, full-time, to work with the Probation Agency to monitor these post release offenders. Data shows that the City of Oxnard has the most Post Release Offenders in the County of Ventura.
The Oxnard Police Department has made approximately 375 arrests for sections directly related to the Post Release Offender program from November 1, 2011 to July 31, 2013. Of these Post Release Offenders 138 (36%) had additonal charges, the majority of which were narcotic, other, and property related.
“The Oxnard Police Department encourages community members to remain vigilant, secure property, and report any suspicious activity. Much of the increase in property crime can be prevented by not leaving valuables in your vehicle, and securing our doors and windows when one is not home,” said Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams.  “We have a collective responsibilty to work to reduce crime and increase public safety in our City, and look forward to working with and empowering our neighborhoods to address these concerns that we all share,” she added.

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