Violent Crime Rate Increases 20% Since 2014
Crime impacts both real and perceived safety. It can also negatively affect investment in a community if a neighborhood is considered unsafe. This indicator tracks crime rate trends and juvenile arrests. The crime rate includes reported violent felonies (homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property felonies (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft).1
How is San Bernardino County Doing?
In 2017, the overall crime rate in San Bernardino County2 decreased:
- The property crime rate decreased 6% between 2016 and 2017 and the violent crime rate decreased 3% during the same one-year period.
- Because property crimes account for most crime, the overall crime rate decreased 6% between 2016 and 2017.
- The crime rate in San Bernardino County is in the middle among neighboring counties compared and lower than the state.
- Due in part to a change in crime categorization, San Bernardino County witnessed a 7% drop in the property crime rate since 2014, when California voters passed Proposition 47, which reduced some nonviolent, non-serious crimes to misdemeanors.
Despite a one-year drop, San Bernardino County’s violent crime rate has increased since 2014:
- Between 2014 and 2017, the violent crime rate increased 20%.
- Specifically, since 2014, the rate of rape increased 74%,3 while the robbery rate increased 19%, aggravated assault rate increased 16%, and the homicide rate is up 14%.
- Between 2016 and 2017, the number of homicide victims was largely unchanged, dropping by one from 129 to 128. However, this figure is higher than in 2014, when there were 110 homicides.
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Juvenile arrests are down:
- Mirroring a statewide trend, during the five-year period between 2013 and 2017, juvenile (youth under 18) arrests in San Bernardino County dropped 39%.
- In 2017, 59% of the juvenile arrests were for misdemeanor charges.
The San Bernardino County Probation Department operates three Day Reporting and Reentry Services Centers (DRRSC) that are regionally-based adult facilities. The centers are funded with a portion of the monies received from AB 109 and are conveniently located. DRRSCs provide access to co-located multi-agency partners: Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), Transitional Assistance Department (TAD), Public Health, and Workforce Development Department. Each center has a dedicated Probation Homeless Services Coordinator, a clothing closet, and offers life skills and reentry support classes. Classes offered include, but are not limited to, anger management, employment, healthy life choices, parenting, cognitive journaling, food handler’s training, and computer skills training.
During fiscal years 2015/16 to 2017/18, more than 20,700 clients were seen at the Probation Department’s three DRRSCs.
Of these clients:
- 6,413 were referred to Workforce Development for employment readiness training or job placement assistance;
- 3,999 were referred to TAD for assistance with accessing Cal-Fresh or health care enrollment;
- 5,727 were referred to DBH for assistance with behavioral health issues, dual diagnosis issues and/or coordination of outpatient treatment services;
- 1,260 were referred to Probation Housing Coordinators for housing assistance.
- 439 were referred to Public Health for care coordination support, such as assistance with accessing prescriptions or a health care provider and receiving health education services.