Watsonville 2012 Crime Press Release by SantaCruzSentinel


									                  MEDIA RELEASE
                  Released on April 10, 2013

                     Annual Crime Statistics for 2012
Watsonville - The City’s overall crime rate decreased by 3 percent, the equivalent of 49 less crimes than
reported in the year 2011. The violent crime rate declined 10 percent and the property crime rate
declined 2 percent. There were 4 homicides in the City, a decrease of 20 percent from 2011. Two of
these homicides were vehicular manslaughter and the other two were murders.

Any discussion of criminal statistics must include an explanation of the difference between crime rates,
the FBI crime index, and the total numbers of crimes. The FBI crime index is composed of selected
offenses used to gauge fluctuations in overall volume and rate of crime reported to law enforcement.
Crime rates are indicators of reported crime activities standardized by population. Lastly, the volume of
crime is simply the number of crimes not standardized by populations. It should also be noted that
percentages are based on actual numbers; the crime rates mentioned here are rounded to the nearest whole
number for clarity.
               Figure 1

FBI Crime Index
The FBI crime index (refer to Figure 1) includes the violent crimes of murder and non-negligent
manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. It also includes the property crimes of
burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. These crime categories comprise the FBI crime
index and are reported by the nation’s law enforcement agencies in the Uniform Crime Report. Annual
national statistics based upon the Uniform Crime Reports are published in September of each year
reflecting the previous years’ statistics. For example 2012 national statistics will not be published until
September 2013 in the publication entitled Crime in the United States, http://www.fbi.gov/about-
us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s The State of California will publish 2012 crime statistics in August 2013 in
the publication entitled Criminal Justice Profiles, http://ag.ca.gov/cjsc/pubs.php

The 2012 crime rate based upon the FBI crime index in the City of Watsonville was 36 crimes per 1,000
people, 3% lower than 2011 which had 37 crimes per 1,000.

Violent Crime
To further define the FBI index as it relates to the City of Watsonville, we can examine violent crime and
property crime. The violent crime category consists of: willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery and
aggravated assault. The City’s 2012 violent crime rate was 5 violent crimes per 1,000 people, the same as
the lowest rate in 2005. The 2012 violent crime rate represents a decrease in the violent crime rate of 10
percent. The ten-year violent crime rate trend reveals an average of 6 violent crimes per 1,000 people;
refer to Figure 2 below.
             Figure 2

There were 4 homicides in the City, a decrease of 20% compared to 2011. One of the four homicides was
gang-motivated. The rate of aggravated assaults declined 13 percent from 2011; rape increased by 7
percent; and the rate of robberies fell 5 percent. In 2012, the number of robberies committed with a
firearm increased 3 percent while the number of robberies committed by knife or cutting instrument
decreased by 43%. Strong-armed robberies increased by 25% from 2011 and robberies committed with
other dangerous weapons decreased by 56%. The use of a firearm comprised 36 percent of all robberies in
2012 and 33 percent in 2011. Robberies that were considered strong-armed, where the attacker used his
hands, fist or feet in the crime comprised 25 percent of all robberies.

Aggravated assaults (refer to Figure 3) comprise 58 percent of the City’s violent crime. The total reported
domestic violence incidents in 2012 were 188 (decrease of 10 percent from 210 DV incidents in 2011).
           Figure 3

Property Crime
Property crime rate includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. The
ten-year property crime rate trend, refer to Figure 4, reveals a decrease from 44 crimes per 1,000 in 2003
to 31 crimes in 2012. The property crime rate declined 2 percent from 2011. Within the property crime
category, the rate of motor vehicle thefts declined 5% from 2011 to 2012; burglary rate declined, 19
                Figure 4

Larceny-theft comprised 64 percent of all the property offenses, refer to Figure 5, and this offense
occurred at the rate of 20 per 1,000 (up 6 percent from 2011). Larceny-theft includes such crimes as
shoplifting, purse snatching, thefts from motor vehicles, thefts of motor vehicle parts and accessories,
bicycle thefts, etc., in which there is no use of force, violence, or fraud. Thefts from vehicles and comprise
the largest portion of reported larcenies at 59 percent. Burglary comprised 17 percent of all the property
crime. Motor vehicle theft accounted for 19 percent of all property crime.

               Figure 5

In 2012 Watsonville Police Officers arrested 2,266 adults and 437 juveniles. Adult arrests increased 1.65
percent, while juvenile arrests decreased 9 percent. The net total number of arrests in 2012 was 2,703, a
.25 percent decrease from the preceding year. Taking population into account, the arrest rate (arrests per
1,000 persons) was 52.51 in 2011 and 52.37 in 2012.
             Figure 6

Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics – City of Watsonville 2011 - 2012

cc:   City Manager
cc:   City Clerk
cc:   City Council
                                            BY: CHIEF MANNY SOLANO
cc:    Deputy Chiefs
cc:    Lieutenants
cc:    Investigations                       DATE: April 10, 2013
cc:    Press Board
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