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By Jonathan Friedman
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January 18, 2017 -- More than 9,000 crimes were reported in Santa Monica in 2016, and theft topped the list with 3,436 incidents, according to the Santa Monica Open Data Portal.

The most frequent type of theft reported was items stolen from vehicles with 1,144.

The crime statistics reported are based on the Santa Monica Police Department’s (SMPD) crime and incident reports. It is not stated whether the reported crimes led to convictions or even further investigation.

Theft was also the top crime in 2015 with 3,250 incidents reported. Items stolen from vehicles was also the most frequently reported type of theft that year with 897.

Additional types of thefts reported included the following:

· Stolen bicycles (576 in 2016 and 586 in 2015),

· "Other" (423 in 2016 and 418 in 2015),

· Items stolen from buildings (401 in 2016 and 403 in 2015),

· Grand theft auto (298 in 2016 and 354 in 2015),

· Shoplifting (359 in 2016 and 340 in 2015),

· Stolen vehicle parts (145 in 2016 and 175 in 2015),

· Pickpocketing (69 in 2016 and 63 in 2015),

· Purse snatching (12 in 2016 and 10 in 2015) and

· Theft from coin machines (nine in 2016 and four in 2015).

Burglary, which in some cases is related to theft but has the legal definition of unlawful entry into a structure to commit a felony, was reported 618 times in 2016--up from 585 the previous year.

Robbery, which has the legal definition of a person taking something or threatening to do so by force or threat of force, was reported 189 times in 2016.

There were two reported homicides in 2016, which was the same number reported the previous year.

Rudell James Jr., 35, was stabbed to death on April 5 inside a downtown apartment. Delshone Tyrrell Busby, 27, was arrested later that month and charged with murder.

Busby pleaded not guilty. He has a pretrial hearing scheduled for later this month, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court's website.

Navy SEAL Theo Andrew Krah has been charged in the other 2016 homicide.

The body of 57-year-old Kris Anderson was found on the 1300 block of 5th Street in June. Krah has pleaded not guilty and has a pretrial hearing scheduled for later this month.

Second on the most-reported crimes list for 2016 was assault with 991 incidents. This was up from 877 in 2015.

Most of the assaults were classified as "simple" with 761 reported in 2015 and 666 reported the previous year. The remaining types of assault were classified as "aggravated."

Burglary was third on the list of most reported crimes in 2016. Fourth on the list was fraud with 593 incidents. That was a slight increase from 570 in 2015.

Next on the list was public intoxication with 591 incidents. This was a significant drop from 768 in 2015 and 1,041 in 2014.

Other top reported crimes included vandalism (541 in 2016 and 664 in 2015), DUI (194 in 2016 and 216 in 2015), trespassing (150 in 2016 and 128 in 2015), “family offenses” (98 in 2016 and 112 in 2015) and sex offenses (89 in 2016 and 99 in 2015).

There was an increase in reported drug possession in 2016 with 296 incidents--up from 262 in 2015.

Possession of "synthetic" drugs was the most commonly reported in both years with 224 in 2016 and 175 in 2015. Reported sales of illegal drugs was up significantly from 32 in 2015 to 71 in 2016.

Other reported incidents included arson (15 in 2016 and 27 in 2015) runaways (13 in 2016 and 17 in 2015), kidnapping (two in 2016 and three in 2015), prostitution (two in both years) and possession of obscene literature (one in 2016 and three in 2015).

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