2016 Part I Crime Statistics Calendar year summary
In 2016, the City of Santa Maria experienced more than a 5 percent decrease in overall Part I Crimes, which are categorized by Violent Crimes and Property Crimes. There are 4 crimes in each category that all police agencies are required to report.
Within the Violent Crime category, Homicides decreased by 31 percent from 13 in 2015 to 9 in 2016. While the 2016 Homicide number reflects a significant decrease from the preceding year, it remains well above the historical average for our city. This is largely attributable to a two-year spike in gang homicides that were the focus of a major investigative effort that resulted in numerous arrests (Operation Matador). As a result of these arrests, it is anticipated that 2017 statistics will more closely reflect historical averages.
Forcible Rape decreased by 11 percent from 53 to 47. However, Robbery rose from 134 to 171, and Aggravated Assaults rose from 277 to 294. Overall, Violent Crime for 2016 was up 9 percent.
With respect to Property Crime, Burglaries were down 10 percent from 603 to 542 and Larceny/Theft decreased 12 percent from 1,780 to 1,563. The most notable crime increase in 2016 was in the area of Arson, which was up 88 percent from 8 to 15. Motor Vehicle Thefts rose from 654 to 702. Overall, Property Crime was down 7 percent. (Although property crime is reportedly down, there have been recent changes in theft laws that reduced penalties, and could be a factor in this reported reduction).
NOTE: The offenses listed are in accordance with FBI Uniform Crime Reporting definitions. For further information on Uniform Crime Reporting, please consult the FBI — Uniform Crime Reporting website.