The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has published crime reports for areas in its jurisdiction for 2008 at www.vcsd.org/crime_stats/index.html. The good news is that overall crime is down by 8% (9% when population growth is factored in)! Violent crimes were basically flat year over year. Burglaries are down by over 27% overall in 2008! The only negative news to report is that there was a 21% increase in the number of arsons in 2008, representing an increase from 14 reported arsons in 2007 to 17 arsons in 2008. Thanks to the Sheriff's Department and all of you for keeping crime rates in our area low!