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MrTuffPaws
08-15-2007, 12:48 PM
Well, they are working :D

Violent crime falls in area
A significant decline in homicides is reported across Sacramento.
By Crystal Carreon - Bee Staff Writer

Last Updated 12:13 am PDT Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B1

Most violent crime -- homicides, robberies and assaults -- plummeted across Sacramento during the first six months of this year, despite a spate of back-to-back killings that marred the first weeks of 2007, according to crime statistics released Tuesday by the Sacramento police and sheriff's departments.

The semiannual numbers, which are also reported to the FBI, have come to serve as a local bellwether on the direction of crime -- and have accurately predicted the waves of near-record violence that swept over the region from 2005 through last year.

But this year, at least from early indicators, the upward swing in violent crime has slowed considerably.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is reporting a nearly 60 percent drop in overall crime, but it was unclear late Tuesday how the numbers were affected by Elk Grove and Citrus Heights forming their own police departments last year.

Sacramento police also showed an overall 4 percent drop in crimes, with major declines -- more than 37 percent -- in homicides.

"Clearly, I am very happy that we're headed in the right direction," Sacramento Police Chief Albert Nájera said Tuesday evening. "We know we are doing some of the right things."

Law enforcement officials credit the decline -- especially the double-digit percentage drops in gang-related killings -- to the city's aggressive campaigns against gang violence, as well as task forces and other specialty units that have continued their efforts since last year's deadly summer in Meadowview.

Nájera also pointed to efforts like the Student Attendance Center, which opened last fall at Luther Burbank High School, and a fresh focus among his officers and community groups to work with youths.

But community advocates say the statistics alone cannot lull residents into believing that the problems behind crime in Sacramento have disappeared.

"We don't want to get a false message from these statistics," said longtime activist Rhonda Erwin, who was on her way to a memorial service Tuesday for a 21-year-old man killed this month on Stockton Boulevard.

"While these statistics show crimes are down, the hatred, the atmosphere of violence still exists -- and that's increasing," Erwin said. "These statistics show a Band-Aid fix."

Specifically, the crime statistics show that homicides in the city decreased by 37.1 percent during the first half of the year, with 22 cases compared with 35 from the same time last year.

In the part of the county patrolled by the sheriff, there have been 22 homicides from January through June, eight fewer than in the first part of 2006.

Double-digit percentage declines were also reported in the number of aggravated assaults and motor vehicle thefts, with the Sheriff's Department reporting a whopping 85 percent drop.

But Sheriff John McGinness said the vehicle theft statistics in particular were influenced by Elk Grove and Citrus Heights, which were still under sheriff's patrol for the first half of 2006, before those cities formed their own police departments.

Nevertheless the other crime categories, the sheriff said, did show signs of decline.

"We know that such crime trends can be fragile and difficult to maintain, but it is definitely a goal," McGinness said.

Despite the declines across the city, Sacramento police said they are confronting a dramatic rise in the number of reported rapes.

Rape went up by more than 19 percent, from 98 cases during the first six months of 2006 to 117 incidents the first half of this year.

Nájera said that the majority of rapes under investigation involve perpetrators who knew the victim and that while that did not diminish the seriousness of the crime it showed that random attacks by a stranger were rare.

Police and sheriff's officials said they were "cautiously optimistic" the downward trend would continue but noted it would take a communitywide effort, including parents and schools, to help keep crime under control.

At least one city leader said she was encouraged that this summer was not a repeat of last year's seemingly out-of-control violence.

"I think it helped that our chief and his management team really looked at what they could do to reduce gang activity and youth violence," said Mayor Heather Fargo. But, "just because the numbers are down, doesn't mean we're going to stop what we're doing."

Yep. Glad to see those knee jerk reaction that limit the rights of legal gun owners are basically for nothing.

JawBone
08-15-2007, 1:09 PM
Wonder how long they were sitting on that story?

MrTuffPaws
08-15-2007, 1:13 PM
Wonder how long they were sitting on that story?

Long enough.

mblat
08-15-2007, 1:17 PM
While 37% reduction seems to be well outside margine of error you also need to take in consideration absolute number of occurences.
if you look at 35 murders vs. 22 is it really a decline for the city of size of Sacramento, or just statistical blip?

Fate
08-15-2007, 1:52 PM
Now let us see the numbers for assault, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder added to the actual murder rate from both years. Then you might see the real situation.

One inch is all it takes to go from wounded to dead (add a couple more inches and you are unscathed). That fact alone makes the murder numbers statistical blips.

halifax
08-15-2007, 4:18 PM
This is good news. It is clear that just enforcing the laws that are currently on the books is effective. No need for more laws.

MrTuffPaws
08-15-2007, 4:47 PM
Now let us see the numbers for assault, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder added to the actual murder rate from both years. Then you might see the real situation.

One inch is all it takes to go from wounded to dead (add a couple more inches and you are unscathed). That fact alone makes the murder numbers statistical blips.

Yeah, in the Sacbee paper today, it stated that while violent crime was down in the Sac city, rape was up 19%. Though as a whole, in Sacramento county rape was down 45% over all.

Statistics are fun.

CSDGuy
08-15-2007, 11:13 PM
If I do recall, earlier this year, both the Sac PD and the Sheriff's Departments put an emphasis on homicide investigations... and into anti-gang activities. They both also have special units that are sent to increase police presence in areas of higher crime... It's kind of like the "surge" in Bahgdad... and it's having a similar effect...

Something to ponder, eh?

tiki
08-16-2007, 3:20 AM
Yeah, I can see these idiots touting these statistics next year and saying the ammo reporting laws had an effect.

Rapes are up. How long before you are going to have to notifiy the state when getting an erection?

MrTuffPaws
08-16-2007, 10:48 AM
If I do recall, earlier this year, both the Sac PD and the Sheriff's Departments put an emphasis on homicide investigations... and into anti-gang activities. They both also have special units that are sent to increase police presence in areas of higher crime... It's kind of like the "surge" in Bahgdad... and it's having a similar effect...

Something to ponder, eh?

Wait. I don't remember any car bombs going off in Sac.

ibanezfoo
08-16-2007, 2:23 PM
Statistics are BS.

I fixed it for you :D

-Bryan

CSDGuy
08-16-2007, 2:38 PM
Wait. I don't remember any car bombs going off in Sac.

The analogy is not entirely exact... ;) but the results are similar. I certainly do not want car bombs going off up here... might scare the legislators into banning cars...:eek:

MrTuffPaws
08-16-2007, 3:39 PM
The analogy is not entirely exact... ;) but the results are similar. I certainly do not want car bombs going off up here... might scare the legislators into banning cars...:eek:

Just being sarcastic. :hehe:

DrjonesUSA
08-16-2007, 6:04 PM
Is this a joke?

Seriously - is it?