Sheriff’s Office releases 2017 crime statistics

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released its 2017 Uniform Crime Reports crime statistics for 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 - Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore and Ojai – and the unincorporated areas of the county.

Overall, reported crime was up one percent compared to 2016, when combining all of the Sheriff’s jurisdictions. However, certain Part 1 crimes showed a more significant increase. The rate of Robbery increased by 24 percent (23 additional victims), and Theft increased by four percent (116 additional victims). The largest decrease in a single category was in Aggravated Assault, down nine percent (32 fewer victims), followed closely by Burglary, down seven percent (56 fewer victims).

Theft-related crimes (Burglary, Theft / Larceny) continue to be the most common type of crime reported in 2017, comprising over 72 percent of all the Part 1 crimes. The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of theft by locking the doors to their homes and vehicles, not leaving keys or key fobs in their vehicles, and not keeping valuables in their vehicles visible to people walking by.

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.

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