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FBI reports 2013 reported crimes down, homicides and rapes up
Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.
Although homicides were up sharply, along with an increase in the preliminary numbers of forcible rapes reported to the Sheriff, the FBI violent crime numbers (homicide, rape, robbery & aggravated assaults) were down by 16% across all of the Sheriff’s areas, but down 20% in the Sheriff’s unincorporated areas alone (down from 721 to 575 reported violent crimes). Robberies were down by over 12%, aggravated assaults down by over 20%, and burglaries down by over 9% in the Sheriff’s areas of responsibility throughout Riverside County.
The Sheriff’s Department serves as the contract policing agency partner with 17 of Riverside County’s 28 cities and serves the unincorporated areas of Riverside County for criminal investigations. Altogether, the Sheriff is responsible for policing nearly 1.4 million residents of the County’s population of nearly 2.3 million.
The Sheriff’s contract policing service provides each of its 17 community partners with a flexible menu of services and each city is able to control its police staffing levels along with their unique focus for their own community. The Sheriff’s local commanders serve as city police chiefs for each city manager and are just as responsive as any other city department head. This responsiveness encourages considerable initiative and creativity in dealing with the local threats and opportunities in dealing with local crime challenges in each of those cities.
Sheriff Stan Sniff cautioned that this information is for only the first 10 months of 2013, but that the data trend was very encouraging as the Sheriff’s Department impacts the majority of the County’s overall population. He attributed the downward trend in crime numbers to slow but steady increases in patrol staffing in the unincorporated areas of the County funded by the Board of Supervisors that commenced in late 2012. Additionally, the Sheriff and local police chiefs maintain close coordination and teamwork in using regional teams, task forces, and multi-disciplinary approaches in confronting our crime problems and the impacts of AB 109 Realignment.
The county’s senior law enforcement leadership meets bimonthly to assess and discuss emerging issues and trends, to share resources and information rapidly, and to minimize adverse impact to our already severely overcrowded jails in Riverside County.
In addition, the Sheriff’s jail leadership has been on the cutting-edge in working closely with the District Attorney’s Office, the Probation Department and other jail systems statewide in developing both assessment tools and training programs to address inmate recidivism. Sheriff Sniff underscored that the fielding of advanced technology has been pre-eminent locally in getting the right tools into the hands of frontline deputies and police officers countywide through the CAL-ID Program, including Live Scan, Mobile ID, and emerging Biometic tools like Iris scan and facial recognition.
The Sheriff’s Department cautions that the crime data released today is preliminary as submitted to the FBI, and still lacks data for November and December 2013.
All Sheriff's Areas: 2012 2013
FBI Part 1 (Jan-Oct)
Homicides 33 55 +67%
Forcible Rape 107 118 +10.3%
Robbery 908 795 -12.4%
Aggravated Assaults 1,734 1,378 -20.5%
Burglary 8,793 7,969 -9.4%
Vehicle Theft 4,191 4,381 +4.5%
Larceny Theft 17,240 16,927 -1.8%
Arson 58 57
FBI Violent 2,782 2,346 -15.7%
FBI Property 30,282 29,334 -3.1%
All FBI Part I 33,064 31,680 -4.2%
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