The Nexus compiled a summary of crimes recorded by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in Isla Vista from Oct. 1 to Oct. 30.
The data was obtained from the October 2023 Arrest Log folder that is provided by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst Elisabeth Nybo.
I.V. — and the neighboring UC Santa Barbara campus — is under jurisdiction of the UC Santa Barbara Police Department and Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP), a branch of Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office’s (SBSO).
There were 13 categories of misdemeanors and six categories of felonies recorded between Oct. 1 and Oct. 30, with a total of 34 misdemeanor and six felony offenses logged by SBSO.
There were two types of misdemeanor possession offenses recorded and four issued charges: three charges of minor in possession and one charge of possession of marijuana in a vehicle.
The logs included five misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, obstructing a public officer and disorderly conduct under the influence, all of which were the most common offenses listed.
More vehicle-related offenses included driving without a license, minor operating a vehicle and tampering with a vehicle, each of which had one charge recorded.
Other misdemeanor offenses include three charges of presenting false identification, two charges of carrying an open container, two charges each for receiving and theft of stolen property and two charges each for vandalism and loitering.
The “open container” charge — a Santa Barbara County ordinance that bans open containers from public areas — has historically gained attention in Isla Vista, with IVFP conducting a “No Open Container” campaign in Fall Quarter 2022 to educate residents about the policy.
There were six categories of felony charges recorded: inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or inhabitant, possession and sale of narcotics, possession of controlled substances, first degree burglary, second degree burglary and carrying a dirk or dagger. The included felony categories listed one charge each.
The most number of charges were issued on Del Playa Drive, encompassing nine of the total charges between Oct. 1 and Oct. 30 occurring on this street. There were two charges issued each on El Colegio Road and Trigo Road, and one charge occurred each on Sueno Road, Sabado Tarde Road, Picasso Road and Abrego Road.
There were no crimes recorded by SBSO ahead of Halloween for the weekend of Oct. 28 to Oct. 30. The previous weekend — informally dubbed as “I.V. Halloween” by I.V. residents — had one charge recorded each on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22.
Halloween in I.V. has historically seen increased police presence and restrictions since 2011, and this year’s ordinances prohibited live or recorded music that can be heard outside of residences from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4 during the hours of 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
A version of this article appeared on p. 3 of the Nov. 2, 2023, print edition of the Daily Nexus.