Reported crimes down overall in Sheriff’s jurisdictions

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released its 2016 Uniform Crime Reports crime statistics. Overall, reported crime is down one percent when combining all of the Sheriff’s jurisdictions. The report covers Part 1 Crimes (Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft and Arson).

The data represents the information collected from the five contract cities where the Sheriff’s Office provides police services, and the unincorporated areas of the county. The contract cities are Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore and Ojai.

Overall, reported crime is down, however, overall Part 1 Violent Crime increased by one percent, or a total of six crimes. The increases in violent crime were reported in Rapes and Robberies. Only the city of Fillmore showed a decrease in violent crime (- 49%). All of the contracted cities and the unincorporated area showed decreases in Part 1 Property Crimes, with the exception of the city of Thousand Oaks (+7%).

Although there was a very small decrease in reported Part 1 crimes in 2016, since 2014 the overall crime total has increased by five percent. This equates to over 200 additional victims in the county. The most dramatic increase has been in the violent crime category, which has increased by over 30 percent, equating to an additional 130 victims. It is too early to determine if this crime trend increased after the passage of Assembly Bill 109 (Prison Reduction), and the effects from Proposition 47 are leveling out, but the Sheriff’s Office will continue examining the data.

Proposition 47, which reclassified a number of felonies to misdemeanors in 2014, was expected to reduce the prison and jail population statewide. While some county jurisdictions have seen modest reductions in their jail population, Ventura County has not. The inmate population here remains at pre-Prop 47 levels. Our justice system has reoriented itself to address an increase in misdemeanor court cases and a reduction in felony cases. This is the second full year of post-Prop 47 releases of offenders and the reduction of certain felonies to misdemeanors.

Sheriff’s Office statistics show that 42 percent (1,840) of convicted offenders have reoffended since their release from custody since Prop 47 was enacted. That is a 10 percent increase over 2015’s reoffender list. While the Sheriff’s Office continues to evaluate crime and arrest data in an attempt to definitively measure the local effects of Proposition 47, it certainly appears that a review of the logical progression of a downward trend in crimes since 2007, and now a marked increase in 2015 and a similar amount of crimes in 2016, indicates there is a direct connection. Additionally, these crime statistics do not take into consideration any impacts from the recently passed Proposition 57, where current prison inmates convicted of non-violent crimes would be considered for early parole, as there is no statistical information available locally or from the state.

The Sheriff’s Office also continues to encourage people to actively report suspicious and/or criminal activity immediately by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency reports can be made through our Sheriff’s Communication Center by calling (805) 654-9511.

For questions on specific patrol area crime statistics please contact:

Camarillo Police Department
Commander Dave Murray: 388-5102

Fillmore Police Department
Captain Dave Wareham: 524-2233

Moorpark Police Department
Captain John Reilly: 532-2705

Ojai Police Department
Captain James Fryhoff: 646-1418

Thousand Oaks Police Department
Commander Tim Hagel: 494-8265

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