Ojai Valley crime rate levels
by Lenny Roberts
After years of steady decline, reported crimes in the unincorporated
areas of the Ojai Valley have leveled off, showing an overall
decline of just 1.4 percent in 2001.
The unincorporated area also includes a stretch of North Ventura
Avenue east of the Ojai Freeway from Casitas Springs to the Ventura
The number of Part I violent and property crimes reported outside
the city in areas patrolled by Ojai-based deputies showed a slight
increase from 283 in 2000 to 289 last year, according to Ventura
County Sheriff's Department statistics released this week.
Part I violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated
assaults. Part I property crimes include burglaries, thefts and
Within the unincorporated area, there were no reported homicides,
matching last year's total, and three robberies, as it was in
2000. Aggravated assaults decreased from 32 to 30, and rapes
declined from three to two.
The crimes-per-1,000 population for Part I crimes was 10.92 last
year and remained about the same, but compared favorably with
the 20.59 crimes-per-1,000 population of just four years ago.
While Part I reported crimes increased 2.1 percent, Part II,
or nonviolent crimes showed a 2.3 percent decrease.
Part II crimes showing slight to moderate decreases included
simple assaults, felony and misdemeanor sex offenses, misdemeanor
vandalism, weapons violations, disorderly conduct and miscellaneous
misdemeanors. Those with slight to moderate increases were possession
of stolen property, driving under the influence, narcotic offenses,
fraud, vagrancy and traffic and warrant arrests.
Of the 59 arrests made for the 183 domestic incidents reported,
52 were for simple assaults. Seven were for aggravated assaults
for the use of hands, fists or feet. No firearms or knives were
used in any of the reported domestic incidents.
Of the 1,007 people arrested or cited in 2001, 98 were juveniles
Of the adult arrests, 387 involved narcotics offenses; 102 were
for assaults; and 85 were for DUI.
Of the juvenile arrests, 20 were for narcotics offenses, 14 were
for thefts or burglaries and 14 were for assaults.
A total of 781 traffic violations last year, up from 764 in 2000.
Of the citations issued, 41 were for speeding, and 17 were for
As within the city limits, field interviews jumped considerably.
There were 1,544 FI cards issued in 2001, compared with 1403
There were 6,905 total calls for service in the unincorporated
areas, representing an 11 percent increase. By comparison, there
were 7,474 calls for service in 1995, the busiest year of the
For the eighth straight year, deputies responded to the most
calls on Saturdays, which was also the busiest day in all but
one year in the decade, and the busiest day in the city.
Twenty percent of the calls for service resulted in noncriminal
offenses, and 19 percent were disturbance calls. March was the
busiest month for calls for service' the busiest days of the
week were Saturday, Sunday and Friday; and the busiest time of
day was 5 p.m., when 506 calls were received.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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