Santa Clarita, statewide crime at historic lowBrianna Bricker January 28, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Crime rates are the lowest on record in Santa Clarita history, mirroring historic lows in crime across the state.
According to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, part one crimes — such as homicide, rape, robbery, burglary and arson — have decreased by 20 percent from 2017 to 2018. The figures indicate the lowest crime rate on record since 2014.
“Since incorporation, one of the city’s top priorities has been the safety of residents,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “Santa Clarita has consistently been ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation, but we are always working with the sheriff’s department to ensure we stay vigilant and work together as a community to keep it that way.”
Statistics from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for 2018 show that robberies are down 26 percent, burglaries are down more than 16 percent, grand theft autos are down 30 percent and assaults are down nearly 25 percent.
“This significant decrease in crime is extraordinary given the challenging environment for law enforcement created by recent legislation and initiatives,” City Manager Ken Striplin said. “Assembly Bill 109 and Propositions 47 and 57 were intended to decrease the state prison population; however, the reality has been a rise in crime in communities across California.”
Passed in 2011, Assembly Bill 109 allows for current non-violent, non-serious and non-sex offenders to be supervised at the local county level after they are released from state prison, according to the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Instead of reporting to state parole officers, these offenders are to report to local county probation officers.
The decrease in crime rates in Santa Clarita mirrors a statewide historic low in crime. The state’s overall crime rate declined by about 60 percent between 1980 and 2015, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Public Policy Institute of California reports that while violent crime increased by 1.5 percent in 2017, property crime decreased by 2.1 percent.
Although data from the California Department of Justice on 2018 statewide crime rates has not yet been released, the state’s overall crime rate continues to trend downward.
“Despite these new challenges, we’ve been able to tackle crime through proactive efforts, crime suppression operations and all-around dedication of our Sheriff’s Deputies,” Captain Robert Lewis of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said. “We also heavily depend on the community to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious behavior. This partnership has played a major role in our effectiveness.”