The FBI released its 2014 Crime Statistics Monday which they say shows a 0.2 percent decrease in violent crimes reported by law enforcement in 2014 when compared to 2013.
In East Contra Costa County, FBI statistics show crime is down in most categories as reported by law enforcement.
In the City of Antioch, with the help of two tax measures to assist police and reduce crime, it appears to be working. In 2013, they reported a total of 946 violent crimes, however, in 2014, that number dropped to 849. They also saw a drop in homicides from 12 down to 9. In 2015, homicides to date are at 5. Antioch also saw a reduction in robberies, assaults, property crimes, burglaries, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle thefts.
The City of Brentwood saw an increase of violent crime go from 89 to 102 with robberies doubling from 20 to 49 between 2013 to 2014. They also saw an increase in property crimes, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle thefts. However, Brentwood did see a decrease in assaults and burglaries.
In the City of Oakley, they saw a violent crimes drop from 70 to 45, however, saw an increase in homicides where they had 0 reported in 2013 but had 2 in 2014. According to the statistics, Oakley had 3 less robberies (16 total), 22 less aggravated assaults (25 total), 28 less property crimes (469 total), 3 less burglaries (134 total), and 41 less larceny-theft cases (225 total). They did report they had an increase in motor vehicle thefts by 16 (110 total).
The City of Pittsburg reported 10 less violent crimes in 2014 where they had a 175 reported. Homicides remained the same at 4-total. They also reported a decrease in robberies by 15 (96 total). They did see an increase in aggravated assaults by 4 (72 total), an increase of property crimes by 340 cases (2,362 total), 3 more burglaries (570 total). They also saw an increase in larceny-thefts by 246 (1,072 total) with an increase in motor vehicle thefts by 91 (720 total). Arsons also increased from 5 to 18 incidents.
Here is a look at Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg crime statistics over the last 5-years (Click to enlarge)
Here is Monday’s Press Release via the FBI
FBI Release Official 2014 Crime Statistics
Latest Crime Stats Released
Decrease in 2014 Violent Crimes, Property Crimes
Today, the FBI is releasing the 2014 edition of its annual report Crime in the United States, a statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police employee data reported voluntarily by law enforcement agencies that participate in the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. This latest report reveals that the estimated number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement to UCR’s Summary Reporting System during 2014 decreased 0.2 percent when compared with 2013 data. And the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.3 percent from 2013 levels.
Here are some highlights from Crime in the United States, 2014:
- There were an estimated 1,165,383 violent crimes (murder and non-negligent homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults) reported by law enforcement.
- Aggravated assaults accounted for 63.6 percent of the violent crimes reported, while robberies accounted for 28.0 percent, rape 7.2 percent, and murders 1.2 percent.
- There were an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes (burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts) reported by law enforcement. Financial losses suffered by victims of these crimes were calculated at approximately $14.3 billion.
- Larceny-theft accounted for 70.8 percent of all property crimes reported, burglary for 20.9 percent, and motor vehicle theft for 8.3 percent
- Police made an estimated 11,205,833 arrests during 2014—498,666 for violent crimes, and 1,553,980 for property crimes. More than 73 percent of those arrested during 2014 were male.
- The highest number of arrests was for drug abuse violations (1,561,231), followed by larceny-theft (1,238,190) and driving under the influence (1,117,852).
What’s new this year? For one, the 2014 publication includes the inaugural Federal Crime Data report, which contains traditional UCR data from a handful of federal agencies, as well as FBI arrest data on human trafficking, hate crimes, and criminal computer intrusions.
Also included for the first time in Crime in the United States is UCR’s second report of human trafficking data submitted by state and local law enforcement.
It is expected that law enforcement participation in data collection for both reports will expand over time, which will help provide a more complete picture of those crimes.
Message from FBI Director. Included in the report is a message from Director James Comey, who said that UCR plans to begin collecting data about non-fatal shootings between law enforcement and civilians, and he encouraged all law enforcement agencies to submit their data about fatal shootings and justifiable homicide data, which is currently collected. Once the FBI begins collecting the expanded data, UCR plans to add a special publication that will focus on law enforcement’s use of force in shooting incidents. That report will outline facts about what happened, who was involved, whether there were injuries or deaths, and the circumstances surrounding the incidents.
Explains Comey, “We hope this information will become part of a balanced dialogue in communities and in the media—a dialogue that will help to dispel misperceptions, foster accountability, and promote transparency in how law enforcement personnel relate to the communities they serve.”
In his message, Comey also encourages law enforcement agencies to participate in UCR’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), created to improve the quantity and quality of crime data collected by law enforcement by capturing more detailed information on each single crime occurrence.
Recently, the International Association of Chiefs of Police—with the Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association—released a joint position paper supporting the adoption of the NIBRS to replace the Summary Reporting System. The group says that the NIBRS “provides a more comprehensive view of crime in the United States and offers greater flexibility in data compilation and analysis.”
Looking ahead. Beginning in January 2016, data collection will begin for the newest UCR Program initiative—animal cruelty offenses—requested by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Animal Welfare Institute.