Nov 26, 2013 7:17 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
The Santa Barbara Police Department released a summary of crime data collected over the last few months for the City of Santa Barbara.
Police say major crimes increased between September and October, but the major crime rate is still down from last year. In October 2013, there were 262 major crimes, compared to 242 in September. According to the report, major crimes are down 17% from 2012.
Police say minor crimes decreased by 2% between August and October, and the rate has stayed about the same since last year. In October, there were 2,430 minor crimes, compared to 2,472 in August. Year to date, there have been 24,834 minor crimes. In 2012, there were 24,675 minor crimes.
The number of violent crimes in October increased from September, but the rate is still down overall this year. Police say instances of rape are significantly down. The number of aggravated assaults remains up, and most of them were alcohol, domestic violence, or gang related. There were 47 violent crimes reported in October, which is an increase of 24% from last October. Year to date, there have been 365 violent crimes reported, which is a 3% decrease from 2012.
The number of property crimes in October increased slightly from September, but the number of burglaries decreased. Year to date, 2,316 property crimes have been reported, which is a decrease of 16% from 2012.
The overall number of gang incidents remains unchanged. Police say the most common type of gang incident in October was graffiti vandalism.
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