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Crime in Bakersfield

Bakersfield population growth has been phenomenal.


The 1970 Census reported 69,515 residents; by 2000 there were 247,057 and by 2010 347,483. While at the same time there have been corresponding increases in the absolute numbers of crimes, Bakersfield police reported recent overall crime rates in steadily decline until 2012, the last full year for which Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics are available, when there was a substantial increase still within the range of the previously declining rates:


Crimes per 10,000 Citizens

2007 = 558

2008 = 555

2009 = 530

2010 = 510

2011 = 475

2012 = 556

On the FBI Crime Index, Bakersfield scores 6 on a community safety scale of 100 as safest. In 2012, there were 34 homicides, 15 of which were gang- related, and 1,141 aggravated assaults, a 9.5-percent decrease from 2011 to 2012, when the number of rapes increased by 43.6, larcenies by 17.4, auto thefts by 35.7, robberies by 23.4, and burglaries by 15.6 percent. Release After Arrest Local or state police typically take arrested individuals to a law enforcement station for processing and booking by fingerprinting, photographing, and computer database searching that can take many hours to complete.

There can be no bail for release until completion of the arrest process. After they arrest and book a suspect, the Bakersfield police set a preliminary bail bond amount for release subject to review by a judicial officer usually within 24 hours. A bail or surety bond is a contractual undertaking guaranteed by a bail bondsman backed by an insurance company and licensed by a state to post a cash deposit with a court as an assurance that, if released pending disposition of the case, the bonded defendant will reappear as required or forfeit the bail, risk another arrest on a warrant for failure to appear, and be subject to an additional charge for that offense.

If the defendant abides by the conditions of release, the court returns the bail money at the end of the case regardless of the ultimate result. What Bail Costs In California bail bond premiums are generally 10 percent of the full bail amount, so the premium or bondsman’s fee, which is not returned, for a $10,000 bail would be $1,000. Surety companies establish these fees and state insurance departments regulate them. Each state sets nonnegotiable rates to which no fees or taxes may be added or discounts taken. The California rate is 10 percent by law, no more nor less. The 10-percent premium keeps the bail bond in force for up to a year.

If the case continues for longer than a year, the defendant must pay another premium or fee to continue the bail bond for release. Risky Bail Cases Sometimes a bondsman requires money or property as collateral to secure a bail bond for a defendant who seems to present a high risk of failure to appear and consequent forfeiture of the bail bond. When disposition of the case discharges the bail bond the bondsman returns the collateral to whoever pledged it. An indemnitor or co-signer agrees to be financially responsible if the defendant fails to appear and forfeits the bail bond. Multiple indemnitors are jointly and severally liable. Any or all of them may have to pay bail bond costs incurred by a missed court date.

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