Bucking both statewide and national trends, crime in the city of Sacramento and unincorporated Sacramento County dipped in 2016, according to data released Monday by the FBI.
Some of the biggest decreases were seen in parts of Sacramento County patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department. Violent crime in those areas was down 10.3 percent compared to the previous year, while property crime dropped 9.2 percent, according to the FBI data. There were far fewer robberies, assaults and burglaries in those neighborhoods in 2016 than in the previous year.
Sgt. Shaun Hampton, a Sacramento sheriff’s spokesman, said the declines may be due to new data-driven strategies the department has implemented in recent months that use crime reports and 911 calls to identify where deputies should patrol.
“We’re making sure we are placing resources in the areas and neighborhoods they need to be to address crime,” Hampton said.
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The city of Sacramento saw a slight decrease of almost 2 percent in violent crime and a 7.4 percent drop in property crimes. While relatively small, those decreases came after both violent and property crime spiked in the city in 2015.
The city’s property crime drop in 2016 was driven by a 17 percent decline in burglaries.
Violent crime also dropped in Elk Grove and Roseville, the region’s two largest suburbs, while climbing slightly higher in Citrus Heights and Folsom.
California once again saw an increase in violent crime, including murders, rapes, robberies and assaults. Property crime dropped slightly.
The FBI said violent crime was up 4.1 percent nationally, including an 8.6 percent spike in murders.
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