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Violent Crime In Ventura Up Significantly In 2021

Wednesday March 23, 2022

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     The Ventura Police Department says overall crime in the city in 2021 dropped by slightly more than 3.5 percent compared to 2020 but only because of a decrease in property crimes.

     They say violent crimes increase by more than 15 percent.

     That was the highest increase in violent crime in Ventura in four years.

     The department says the increase in violent crime between 2020 and 2021 was likely caused by lifting many of the initial restrictions imposed because of the pandemic.

     Every category of violent crime, except homicides, went up.

     There were 11 more reported rapes in 2021 than in 2020, robberies increased by 7, and there were 34 more aggravated assaults.

     Only homicides went down to none in 2021 compared to 2 in 2020.

     Police say that overall property crimes decreased by more than 5.5 percent to almost pre-pandemic levels.

     There were 41 fewer residential burglaries, 3 less non-residential burglaries, thefts dropped by 79 in 2021 compared to 2020, vehicle thefts declined by 38, and there were 11 fewer arsons.