According to data released by the FBI earlier this month, Bakersfield saw an increase in violent crimes in 2015.
The data compared January through June 2015 with the same months in 2014.
Data showed that murders in Bakersfield went from seven in 2014 to 12 in 2015.
But the biggest jump was in regards to rape. Bakersfield saw an increase from eight in 2014 to 38 in 2015.
Bakersfield Police Department has statistics for all of 2014 and 2015.
BPD said rape crimes rose from 21 in 2014 to 71 in 2015.
Sergeant Gary Carruesco says BPD was prepared for the large increase.
"The definition of rape recently changed and that is why there's been a significant increase. Other sex crimes that use to be typed as, let's say sodomy, is now lumped in with rape."
Murder also rose in Bakersfield, from 12 murders in 2014 to 21 in 2015.
Sgt. Carruesco says they haven't solved the murder mystery.
Data below is from the FBI:
Type of crime: 2014 #/2015 #
Violent Crime: 861/879
Rape: 8/38(revised rape definition took effect in 2015)
Aggravated Assault: 512/505
Property Crime: 7,609/7,748
Motor Vehicle Theft: 1,108/1,202