VICTORVILLE-(VVNG.com): In a report released by the Law Offices of Graham Donath last Thursday, the City of Victorville was listed in the top 10 most dangerous cities in California. This list was gathered using the statistical data from 68 cities throughout California with Victorville ranking #9 coming in just before Inglewood, which ranked #10. Cities listed all have populations of 100,000 or more, making Victorville the only High Desert city able to make the list.
“People would say hello to you and had manners, now you can be right behind someone walking into an establishment and they will let the door hit you in the face,” said Kelly Headley Ridge on a Victor Valley News Facebook group comment. “Now you have 15-year-olds running into businesses with guns, nightly gunfire, cops tasing people in the neighborhood and not to mention the helicopter all night.”
The danger was not only calculated using the city crime statistics, as Victorville was ranked #14 based only on crime, with Inglewood ranking #9. Data used to make final calculations was based on crime, police presence, and other community factors.
These community factors included population density, poverty rate, unemployment rate, the percentage of high school graduates, days over 80 degrees, police budget per capita and officers in comparison to population. These all were considered factors of increased crime risks.
The Law Offices of Graham Donath website report indicated that nearly 24% of Victorville residents are living in poverty with 6.5% unemployed, this in comparison with Irvine, ranking #68 on the list with only around 11% of their residents living in poverty and around 3% unemployed.
With the weather being one of the factors where studies have shown higher temperatures lead to a high crime during that period. Victorville had 168 days in 2015 where temperatures were above 80 degrees when Irvine had less than half of that with only 83 days.
Although some believe the #9 ranking is accurate, others like Victor Valley News Facebook group member, Jolie Olson think the numbers may not accurately depict the crime in the City of Victorville. “I’ll believe that when we have to sleep on the floor at night so we don’t get hit by stray bullets whizzing by,” said Olson.
Although the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Annual report in some areas indicates reduced crime in 2015 all violent crime in Victorville, including murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault went up, murder up by 100% in comparison with 2014. The City of Victorville has 1,731 residents per deputy and ranks 4th for the lowest police budget.
Victor Valley News contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Victorville Station for comment, but messages were not immediately returned.