For Patrol and Reporting purposes, the City is divided into 6 Beats containing multiple Report Districts (Neighborhoods) within each Beat. View the Santa Barbara Beat Map or the Santa Barbara Report Districts Map.
For Service Activity, a telephone call to the Communications (Dispatch) Center for officer assistance is considered a Call for Service. Not all Calls for Service result in a Police report. View a history of Calls for Service, either Citywide or by individual Report District.
Reports taken at the scene of an incident are called Offense Reports, referred to as a GO (General Offense) report. View a history of all GO reports, either Citywide or by individual Report District.
For Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), the FBI defines the following as Part 1 crimes: Homicide, Forcible Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny-Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson. For UCR reporting, there are strict guidelines for how crimes are reported and tallied. These guidelines are used nationwide for statistical comparisons. View UCR Part 1 Crime statistics for Santa Barbara.
Burglary can be defined as the crime of breaking into a vehicle, house, store, or other enclosure with the intent to steal. Robbery can be defined as the taking of money or goods in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, by force or intimidation. On a monthly basis, maps are generated to show Burglary and Robbery activity. View the most recent set of maps.
Offense activity for a number of California cities, including Santa Barbara, can be found at http://www.spotcrime.com/. Activity by hundred block, for a specified set of offenses, is submitted to this site on a weekly basis.