Violent crime in San Luis Obispo increased in 2021

August 17, 2022


Consistent with a statewide trend, the occurrence of crime is increasing in the city of San Luis Obispo. [KSBY]

Both violent crime and property crime numbers rose in 2021. From 2020 to 2021, violent crime increased by 10 percent, and property crime increased by 14 percent, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department’s recent crime report.

In 2020, one homicide occurred in SLO. Two homicides occurred in the city in 2022. Among other violent crimes, robberies increased by 18 percent, and aggravated assaults rose by 19 percent.

Residential burglaries increased by 30 percent from 2020 to 2021. Vehicle thefts rose by 49 percent. From 2019 to 2021, vehicle thefts increased by 135 percent.

The police department attributes last year’s rise in crime to reduced criminal activity and policing in 2020, due to the pandemic, as well as to legislative changes, jail booking policies and bail reform.

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Of course, it’s ALL Gavin Newsome and Joe Bidens fault. But especially former Mayor Heidi Harmon. All them Democrat Libs are evil, I tell ya.

Perspective helps when using stats. 10% increase means very little without a base to compare it to. There were X amount of violent crimes last year which is an increase of 10%. Were there 10 the year before and a 10% increase makes it 11? Or were there 1000 violent crimes and now we have 1100? What is our crime rate per 100K? It would be good to know. How violent is it?

For example if you looked at murder rate per 100K of population you would find; Fresno is higher than SF, Memphis higher than Chicago, Tulsa is higher than LA. Oakland is the only CA city in the top 20 nationwide (17). The leader? St. Louis 69.4 murders per 100k of population.

California isn’t as scary as other states. The most populous state actually ranks 29th in murder rate. Our crime isn’t rampant, and SLO is a pretty safe place to live. Try writing that up once an awhile. Great headline though.

This is a massive under reporting of property crimes…ask any SLO business how often every day thieves come in and brazenly steal items knowing that the workers are ordered not to stop the thieves. The system is broken even when we have a good DA…

“The police department attributes last year’s rise in crime to reduced criminal activity and policing in 2020, due to the pandemic”

Bologna….. we have homeless folks living in bushes all over the city and the county and we don’t know who they are or what they are capable of… all we know is that they are desperate people and probably drug addicts… Morro Bay for example must have hundreds of people living along side of Highway 1… its not safe for them or anyone yet the cops look the other way….

Plain and simple for whatever reason cops are not doing what they have sworn to do and that must change… Cops need to go back to proactive enforcement clean out these homeless camps once and for all and do their job… and stop pinning the blame for everything on covid….

This trend is directly related to the misguided “restorative justice” reform movement and decay of traditional societal values & norms pushed by the virtual signaling fetish-obsessed democrats and regressives. Victim Justice takes a back seat when they focus on their sweeping mal-reforms in Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System.

When there are little to no consequences for actions; this is the result. Expect more to come :/

How much of this is related to the army of criminal homeless we allow to bivouac anywhere they please in our city and commit property crimes all night long?