BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police said Monday that crime was worse last year in the city.
The overall crime rate for Bakersfield was 556 reported crimes per 10,000 citizens. That compares to 475 reported crimes per 10,000 citizens in 2011.
Month-by-month crime breakdown >>
- 2012 - 556 crimes per 10,000 citizens
- 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
Homicides increased to 34 in 2012, up from 18. There were 32 homicides in 2010.
Fifteen of last year's homicides were related to gang activity, police said.
Aggravated assaults decreased 9.5 percent last year. Otherwise, it was all bad news.
Also up in 2012:
- Rape 43.6 percent increase
- Larceny 17.4 percent increase
- Auto Theft 35.7 percent increase
- Robbery 23.4 percent increase
- Burglary 15.6 percent increase
Police didn't give a reason for the increase in crime, but Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green has blamed state prison realignment.
Assembly Bill 109 went into effect in October 2011, transferring tens of thousands of inmates from the state's overcrowded prisons into county jails. The ripple effect was thousands of criminals getting early prison releases and thousands more never being sent to prison in the first place, according to the district attorney's office.
AB 109 appears responsible for at least a 15 percent increase in crime in Kern County, according to the prosecutor's office. An additional 1,057 felony criminal cases were filed last year in Kern County court, compared to 2011.
Metro Bakersfield saw a 22 percent increase in felony court filings in 2012.