The Ventura Police Department reported a significant drop in overall crime with declines in property crimes leading the way, but violent crimes went up slightly due in large part to an increase in aggrevated assaults and despite a decline in robberies.
Here's what VPD had to say...
"Ventura’s crime statistics are based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National
Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), defined as the number of crimes committed
per 1,000 population. Part I Crimes are comprised of eight offenses, broken down into two
categories. Violent crime includes homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; property crime includes burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
The City of Ventura experienced a 13.3% reduction in reported Part I Crime in 2019. Overall, Part I Crimes totaled 3,960, which was 526 fewer offenses than were reported in 2018.
Property Crime dropped by 15.3%, with reductions in every category when compared to
2018. Burglary dropped by 26.6%, with a 31.8% reduction in commercial burglaries and
a 20.1% reduction in residential burglaries. Arson showed the greatest reduction, with 25
fewer arsons reported. Larceny and vehicle theft both saw large reductions of 11.4% and
Despite the significant overall reduction in Part I Crime, violent crime saw a slight increase
of 2.9% in 2019, with 13 more offenses reported than in the previous year. Aggravated
assault increased 7.7%, with 21 more assaults being reported. Sexual assaults increased
by 2 offenses and homicides increased by 1. Robberies accounted for the only reduction
in this category, with a reduction of 9.4%, or 11 offenses.
Although the annual crime rate fluctuates slightly from one year to the next, Ventura’s Part
I Crime Rate has been on a steady decline since 2015, with 2019 being the lowest reported in the last 20 years."
“Additional staffing enhancements, made possible by Measure O and approved by the
Ventura City Council, have created the capacity for an enhanced focus on some of the
most prolific criminal offenders,” said Ventura Police Chief Darin Schindler. “Increased
uniformed patrols in public spaces, along with a fully staffed Neighborhood Narcotics and
Property Crime Reduction Team have likely contributed to the City’s significant drop in