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Theft is San Luis Obispo's number one crime

Mar 17, 2017

San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell released Friday crime statistics for 2016.

There was a seven percent reduction in violent crime in San Luis Obispo last year. But property crimes have spiked. A whopping 673 police reports were about thefts. And the percentage of thefts from cars increased by 52 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Broadcast date: 10/9/2014

Is gang violence a problem on the Central Coast? When residents where asked what their main public safety issues were in the recent ACTION survey, 63% reported gang violence as a top concern.  The rate of concern varied drastically based on where people lived, with San Luis Obispo and North Coast residents responding as low as 46%, and North and South County residents as high as 73%. Are these levels of concern valid?

The City of Santa Barbara's latest police statistics show some positive trends regarding crime rates.

Sergeant Riley Harwood says robberies are down 40 percent year-over-year so far in 2014, and that continues a trend started in 2012.

Other forms of thefts—including those from vehicles—are also lower than last year.

However, the department says aggravated assaults have been on the rise, and this year is on track to be among the highest recorded.

Last year San Luis Obispo County placed number one in the state of California for real estate fraud and number four nationally. This unusually high rate of real estate scamming points to a serious need for education to protect individuals from falling victim to these crimes. Learning how to prevent, avoid, and report potential real estate fraud activity may help to ensure that you do not become the next victim.

UCSB Police release sketch of rape suspects

Feb 28, 2014
UCSB Police

Police sketches are being circulated in the Santa Barbara area following the rape and beating of a 19-year-old UCSB student. Campus police connect these two men in their early 20s to last weekend's crime.

In a message sent to the campus community, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang addressed the sexual assault and vowed to strengthen security.

Yang authorized an increase of five campus officers, as well as the frequency of their patrols. Additionally, there will be increased security measures with installation of new lighting and cameras on campus.

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Updated: Tuesday, 2/25 at 4:59 p.m. PST

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team is now part of the effort to look for evidence related to the rape and beating of a 19-year-old UCSB student.

After being treated Sunday at a Santa Barbara area hospital, the student went to recover with her family.