Monday, May 21 , 2018, 12:59 pm | Overcast 63º

 
 
 
 

Santa Barbara Stats Show Continuing Drop in Robberies, Rise in Traffic Accidents

The following is a summary of response times and recent crime data for the City of Santa Barbara collected by the Police Department and provided to the mayor and City Council.

» Response times: The average response times to Priority 1 (emergency life-threatening), Priority 2 (emergency non-life-threatening) and Priority 4 (routine) calls for service all remained within performance objectives. The average response time to Priority 3 (non-emergency) calls for service exceeded the performance objective of 30 minutes by six seconds.

» Positive trends: The rate of robberies has experienced a strong three-year downward trend. In 2014, there was a 30 percent decrease in robberies compared with 2013, and a 46 percent decrease compared with 2012. The rate of residential burglaries also decreased for the third year in a row. In 2014, there was a 28 percent decrease in residential burglaries compared with 2013 and a 35 percent decrease compared with 2012. Burglaries and thefts from vehicles have also followed a similar decline. In 2014, there was a 17 percent decrease in burglaries and thefts from vehicles compared with 2013, and a 39 percent decrease compared with 2012.

» Areas of concern: The rate of injury traffic accidents rose for the third year in a row with 2014 having the highest number in the last six years — 570. In 2014, there was a 2 percent increase in injury traffic accidents compared with 2013 and a 12 percent increase compared with 2012. Bicycle traffic collisions also experienced a three-year upward trend. In 2014, there was an 18 percent increase in bicycle traffic collisions compared with 2013 and a 32 percent increase compared with 2012.

— Sgt. Riley Harwood is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara Police Department.

 

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >