The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that deputies saw a 6 percent year-on-year increase in violent crime, a trend that was largely due to increases in robberies and aggravated assaults.
Property crimes increased nearly 7%, according to a recent press release.
While violent and property crime rates have risen, that’s not to say there haven’t been some improvements. Sheriff’s officials say there has been a 32% reduction in homicides and a 22.6% drop in burglaries in the combined unincorporated areas of Riverside County and the RCSD’s contract partner cities.
But within just the unincorporated Riverside County areas alone, reported violent crimes have increased by 17.7% and property crimes have increased 13.9%. Homicides in the unincorporated areas of the county declined by 47%, reported sexual assaults declined by 29%, and burglaries declined 5.6%, year-on-year. Robberies, however, increased by over 17%, aggravated assaults increased by almost 25%, larceny thefts increased by over 16%, and auto thefts in the county’s unincorporated areas rose by over 16%.