BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Crime is up.
Statistics from the Bakersfield Police Department show homicide cases jumped nearly 89 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.
Rape cases also went up nearly 44 percent.
"it is something we need to continue to look at who's living in our community our neighborhoods and try to deal with those predators," said BPD chief Greg Williamson.
BPD says robberies jumped nearly 37 percent and burglaries went up nearly 22 percent.
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Community outreach groups are not surprised by the crime spike.
"It's been coming for a long time and it's only going to get worse," said Stop the Violence co-founder Pastor Josephate Jordan.
"Everybody has pistols. Everybody. It's just the thing to do. It's more of a fad now," said Wesley Davis jr. of the Wendale Davis Foundation.
Davis thinks we should put more officers on the streets and have stricter gun control.
"It'd be awfully hard to commit a murder without a weapon," said Davis.
"Guns don't kill people. People kill people," said Jordan.
Jordan says the problem lies in the system and society.
"Number one we don't allow our parents to chastise our kids. Number two teachers can't correct or chastise kids. Number three we put them in jail but release them. Number four there's no real system to help them when they get out of jail. So the crime rate has to increase," said Jordan.
Williamson admits part of the reason for the crime spike is the AB 109 prison realignment.
"Is it the perfect system right now? I don't think any law enforcement professional will tell you. Any chief will tell you that and sheriff will tell you that but I can say everyone is working their hardest and doing the best they can to keep our community safe," said Williamson.
The BPD statistics were similar for the crime statistics from the Kern County Sheriffs Office.
Only, the Sheriffs Office's homicide and rape cases slightly decreased.