Crime Rate Down in Sacramento
The Sacramento Police Department says the city’s crime rate has dropped since the start of 2008.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Crime in Sacramento fell by 8 percent last year. FBI stats show drops in every category except one: homicides, which rose by more than 10 percent. So far this year, the overall crime rate has continued to fall – and homicides are down by half. So why the trend? Spokesman Norm Leong says the department is making street patrols its highest priority during the city’s budget crisis.
Leong: “We’ve increased our patrol staffing to the highest number that we’ve ever had, and we’ve kind of taken away from other areas in order to maintain that level – despite being 100 officers down.”
The flip side is that the department cut the number of detectives and other specialty units – so investigations often take longer.
One crime category has gone up significantly in 2009: sexual assaults have doubled. Leong says the suspects have frequently been the victims’ family or friends. He’s urging some general safety tips, like staying in groups and drinking responsibly.