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Friday February 23rd, 2024 :: 02:39 p.m. PST


Sheriff releases 2023 crime statistics

Nature of Incident: Sheriff releases 2023 crime statistics
Sheriff Jim Fryhoff has released the 2023 crime statistics for all areas serviced by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office saw numerous crime trends throughout the year. While property crime saw a decrease overall, there was an increase in shoplift-type thefts (21% increase, 166 incidents), Theft-Grand (2%, 25 incidents), Burglary- Residential (25%, 42 incidents), and Arson (33%, 4 incidents). The largest percentage of thefts continue to be shoplifts, vehicle-related, and auto part-related thefts (accounting for 72% of the total thefts). Auto part-related thefts, including Catalytic Converter thefts, continued to be a crime problem for the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction but saw a decrease (27%) between 2023 and 2022 (572 incidents in 2022, 418 in 2023). Vehicle-related thefts continue to contribute to the property crime totals with 19% (502 incidents); however, there was a decrease from 2022 offenses (596 incidents, 22% of total thefts).
Regarding violent crime, aggravated assaults saw the highest increase (133 incidents, 106%), with all categories showing increases (firearm, knife, other, hands/fist/feet related offenses). There were significant increases in firearm-related aggravated assaults and much of the increase was related to brandishing of firearms to multiple victims. Within some of the contract cities, there were gang-related violent crimes that also attributed to our increase in violent crime. Our agency has continued to use community awareness and engagement (social media, events, media releases, proactive communication), and proactive policing solutions to combat crime within the areas we serve. This spring, the Sheriff’s Office is launching a multi-agency task force to combat organized retail theft, cargo theft, and catalytic converter theft. There was a decrease in Homicide incidents for the Sheriff’s Office (six total incidents). Out of these six homicides, half involved family member-on-family member. 
“In looking at violent crime statistics for 2023, you can see a significant jump in comparison to the previous year.  We did see a noticeable decrease in violent crime during and following the global pandemic.  However, the trend we are seeing now is that incidents involving violent crime have returned to pre-pandemic numbers.  In a county our size, with as little crime as we do have in comparison to other jurisdictions across the nation, a few cases in a calendar year can result in a sizeable spike in crime statistics, evidence of which can be showcased by simply comparing the figures from 2022 to 2023,” said Sheriff Jim Fryhoff.  He continued, “Overall, crime across the board is down, as we had nearly 100 fewer criminal offenses in 2023 than the previous year.  My office will never take our foot off the gas when it comes to reducing crime.  We will continue to focus our efforts on outreach, community engagement, education, and working closely with partners inside and outside of the criminal justice system, which is crucial for effective violence reduction.” 
Note: Each geographical area in Ventura County is unique, and crime trends vary from city to city. For questions regarding each city’s reported crimes, the following people can be reached directly:
Commander Eric Tennessen – Camarillo (805) 797-7102
Commander Jeremy Paris -Thousand Oaks (805) 797-7105
Captain Darin Hendren – Moorpark (805) 797-7137
Captain Eduardo Malagon – Fillmore (805) 477-7108
Captain Trina Newman – Ojai (805) 477-7039
For more information, please visit us at You can also link directly to a statement by Sheriff Fryhoff that details our mission, strategy, and vision as well as Sheriff Fryhoff’s Seven Pillars for providing law enforcement services in Ventura County.  For information regarding recruitment and job opportunities, please visit 
Prepared by: Senerey De Los Santos  
News Release Date: February 23, 2023  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Senerey De Los Santos (805) 765-0629
[email protected]
Approved by:
Captain Dean Worthy  

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
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Ventura, CA 93003

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