The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has released the 2019 crime statistics for Carpinteria and other communities served by their office. Across communities served in Santa Barbara County, the violent crime rate declined by 6.4 percent year-over-year and 28 percent in the 10-year average. Due to a 2.8 percent increase in property crimes, the overall crime rate countywide was 1.6 percent higher than in 2018 but was still 15 percent lower than the 10-year average.
Carpinteria experienced an overall decline of 27 percent, with a 48 percent decline in violent crime and a 25 percent decline in property crime.
Sheriff Brown credits the continuing stability of the long-term declines in crime rates to the collaborative efforts between communities and throughout the criminal justice system in Santa Barbara County, and as a result of the ongoing work and dedication of the Sheriff’s Office team. According to Sheriff Brown, “Within Santa Barbara County, our law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders and the courts are all working together to improve public safety within our communities.” Sheriff Brown further stated, “We are continuing our work to reduce criminal recidivism by offering important rehabilitative programming to inmates in our jail. Our efforts are also greatly enhanced through collaboration with other county departments and many community-based organizations. Together we are working to enhance the safety and wellbeing of Santa Barbara County.”
The Sheriff’s Office compiles information about crimes occurring within the communities we serve and submits this information for inclusion within the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports system (UCR). For the purposes of the UCR system, reports are broken down into two major categories: Part 1 crimes, which are the most serious in nature, and Part 2 crimes, which include lesser criminal offenses and some juvenile status offenses. Part 1 crimes are further broken down into two subcategories: violent crimes and property crimes. Part 1 violent crimes are offenses that involve force or a threat of force and include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Part 1 property crimes are theft-related offenses that do not involve threats or force against the victim, including burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.
When compared with the previous year, 2018, countywide, Part 1 violent crime was down by 6.4 percent, with the most significant reductions occurring in rape (50 percent drop). Overall, Part 1 property crime was 1.6 percent higher, with the most statistically relevant increases occurring in theft (4.8 percent increase).
Countywide on an overall basis, Part 2 crimes were down very slightly, .3 percent over the previous year. However, detailed analysis showed that some individual Part 2 crimes increased and some declined. Part 2 crime categories that experienced declines over the previous year included fraud (28 percent drop), disorderly conduct (71 percent drop), vandalism (7 percent drop), public drunkenness (6 percent drop) and weapons violations (9 percent drop). Statistically relevant increases included liquor laws (13 percent increase) and DUI (9 percent increase). There were notable decreases in juvenile status offenses over the previous year.