First-quarter crime down significantly from previous year in our neighborhood

Curtis Park residents reported 50 crimes to the Sacramento Police Department in the first three months of 2020, a 46% reduction compared with the first three months of 2019.

This is consistent with cities across the country reporting decreases in crime for the same period – especially for the month of March. This reduction in reported crime is probably due to reduced easy targets for criminals and greatly increased numbers of people at home.

Theft and burglary are much riskier activities for criminals as they are now much more visible to a far greater number of people staying home due to the coronavirus.

Robbery decreased from 3 to 2, assaults from 7 to 4, burglary from 8 to 5, larceny from 25 to 13, vehicle burglary from 26 to 15, stolen vehicles from 7 to 2, and vandalism from 13 to 2.

Drug crimes, however, increased from 3 to 7.

Reported crimes were spread across the neighborhood but with a few clusters of activity for vehicle burglary. Criminals often target a particular street at night and look for unlocked cars or easy targets in a car. Laptop computers, phones and purses are the most common items reported stolen from cars parked on the street or in a driveway. In addition, identity theft often results from items and documents stolen from cars, but this is not measured in crime reports.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages Curtis Park residents to keep an eye out for what’s happening near their homes and their neighbors’ homes. Call 916 808-5471 to report crimes. Residents should only call 911 if they are witnessing a crime in progress.

The police want residents to report any criminal activity, no matter how minor it may appear.

Crime data is helpful in supporting police activity in our neighborhood, and the neighborhoods around us, which contributes to everyone’s overall safety.

The police encourage awareness of fraudulent activities that exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for illicit gain. Activities may include people at your door seeking donations, fraudulent mailings and computer phishing schemes.

Written by Erik Fay and posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Categorized: Crime Alerts, Neighborhood News, Viewpoint