2023 1st Quarter Crime Statistics

May 25, 2023 3:38 PM
by Erika Aklufi, Myesha Morrison

Transparency is at the core of our values at the Santa Monica Police Department.  We are equally as committed to openness and accountability. This review provides a comprehensive look at crime in Santa Monica during the first quarter of 2023 and compares that data to the first quarter each of the  previous four years.

SMPD received 22,825 calls for service during the 1st quarter of 2023, a decrease in 1,683 calls (7%) from 1st quarter 2022. 

Officers arrested 662 individuals, an increase of over 259 from the same time in 2022 (403 vs 662).

Part I offenses, which include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, grand theft auto and arson, showed an increase of 149 crimes (14%), compared to the same timeframe in 2022.  Notable changes include a decrease in incidents of aggravated assault, grand theft and arson; and an increase in larceny and burglary.

Part II offenses demonstrated an increase in 119 crimes (19%) in reported incidents. Part II crimes include simple assault, DUIs, fraud, vandalism, narcotics, etc.

SMPD's Crime Analysts conducted a review and analysis of the reported information. It is important to note, this is preliminary data used to inform the public. Information is extracted by the occurrence date and may change after review and investigation. The information obtained by our analysts gives our department the opportunity to strategically plan how we efficiently and effectively protect our city.

Although the focus of this report is data, we remain sensitive to and respectful of the experiences of our residents, businesses, and visitors, none of which can be captured by statistics. Our response to issues of crime and disorder takes into account the experience of our residents, business owners, employees, and visitors—you are and will always be the top priority at SMPD.

Summary of notable changes in Part I criminal behavior:

Aggravated Assault: In comparing 1st quarter 2023 and the 1st quarter of 2022, aggravated assaults decreased from 82 incidents to 73 (- 11%).

Burglary: Residential and non-residential burglaries were up 17 incidents (163 vs 180).

Larceny: There was an overall increase in larcenies, compared to 2022; from 580 to 735.  This category accounts for the great increase in Part I Crime.

Grand Theft Auto110 vehicle thefts were reported in the first quarter of 2023 with 135 during the same time period in 2022. Sixty-eight vehicles (62%) were recovered.

Robbery: In the category of robbery, there was an increase in 8 incidents over the 1st quarter of 2023 in comparison to 2022 (47 vs 39 incidents).

Rape: While eight incidents were reported during the first quarter of 2022, there were 13 during the same period in 2023, an increase of 5 incidents.

Arson: The number of incidents in the category of arson declined from 21 to 19 incidents. Approximately 68% of reported incidents involved city-owned trash and recycling containers.

Part II Crimes – 1st Quarter of 2023

In 2019, there were 1062 reported Part II crimes during the first quarter. This dropped to a five-year low in 2021 with 566 incidents. In 2023, there were 756 reported Part II Crimes.

The Santa Monica Police Department is an organization that works within the principles of democracy and constitutional policing. We are dedicated to our work in conjunction with our civic and community partners to solve problems and make our city a safe and great place to live, work and visit. For more information on starting a Neighborhood Watch, requesting a security assessment, or to reach your Neighborhood Resource Officer, please contact the Community Affairs Unit at (310) 458-8474 (Community.Affairs@santamonica.gov).

And, as always, if You See Something, Say Something!  Dial/Text 9-1-1 for emergencies or (310) 458-8491 to reach our 24/7 Non-Emergency Dispatcher.

Authored By

Erika Aklufi

Myesha Morrison
Public Information Coordinator