Ask The Chief
I am honored to welcome you to the Oxnard Police Department's "Ask the Chief"
page of our website. This page was developed to provide our residents and visitors a
forum to ask me any question you may have about the Oxnard Police Department or any
of it's many programs.
If you have questions of me, then you are at the right place. To stay informed as to
what our residents are inquiring about, visit this page often. Thank you in advance
for taking the time to ask your questions and giving me the opportunity to address them.
Crime rate in Oxnard, how do we compare?
I am new to the city and was wondering about the crime rate in Oxnard. Which way is it headed and how do we compare to other cities?
We are heading in the right direction. With the hard work of our officers and a wonderful partnership with our residents we have accomplished a lot in recent years. Many people don't realize that Oxnard is the largest coastal city between Los Angeles and San Jose with the population of Oxnard is over 186,000 people. In 2004 Oxnard ranked as the 5th safest city in the United States among cities with population between 150,000 and 200,000.
The crime rate in Oxnard has dropped nearly 60% since 1992 with violent crime dropping by more than 50% since 1992. Oxnard's residential burglary rate has declined by more than 80% since the inception of the City's nationally recognized neighborhood watch program.
Oxnard's crime rate is lower than many cities in California including Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Manhattan Beach, Monterey, Newport Beach, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura.
We have come a long way but we have more to do. I believe that our City staff and our residents will continue to work together to make Oxnard even safer.
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