Police: Stats show less crime in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Crime is declining in Bakersfield, according to police.

The department released its 2011 statistics Friday, showing the overall crime rate dropping to 475 reported crimes per 10,000 citizens. In 2010, the rate was 510 crimes per 10,000 citizens.

Police also said violent crime decreased 11.3 percent, and property crimes decreased 2.3 percent.

Last year, the number of homicides in Bakersfield fell to 18 from 32. Eight of those were gang-related, police said.

Rape bucked the trend by increasing to 39 from 34 reported incidents. However, seven of the rapes reported last year actually occurred in past years.

Burglary also increased by 2 percent.

Below are the overall crime rates for previous years, as reported by the police department:

2011 - 475 per 10,000
2010 - 510 per 10,000
2009 - 530 per 10,000
2008 - 555 per 10,000
2007 - 558 per 10,000
2006 - 562 per 10,000
2005 - 635 per 10,000