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FBI releases crime stats

Santa Clarita’s overall crime reports are down from previous year

Posted: June 3, 2009 10:36 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

In spite of an uptick in robberies, Santa Clarita has seen fewer crimes overall compared to most similarly sized Southern California cities, according to FBI crime statistics released this week.

Palmdale and Lancaster each saw more than twice as many violent crime reports as Santa Clarita, and significantly more crime reports across the board. Rancho Cucamonga and Glendale reported fewer violent crimes, but each reported more property crimes than Santa Clarita.

Thousand Oaks, though much smaller than Santa Clarita, had fewer crimes per capita — about 14 per 1,000 residents, compared to Santa Clarita’s 21.

Santa Clarita officials released the city’s own statistics in January, touting the numbers as the lowest in four years.

“You always expect an increase in the crime statistics ... just from the pressure of the recession,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry.

“Our primary focus is always going to be the safety and welfare of our citizenry.”

Ferry declined to talk about comparisons with other cities, but said he was pleased with the Sheriff’s Department’s aggressive and proactive approach to fighting crime.

Capt. Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Crime reports in Santa Clarita were down from last year overall, with slight increases in violent-crime reports and a larger decrease in reported property crimes.

The statistics, released annually by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are compiled from reports by thousands of local law enforcement agencies. The numbers represent reports of crime, not convictions nor arrests.

Santa Clarita has long prided itself on its low crime statistics, saying in past years it was among the safest cities of its size in the nation.



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