PALMDALE – The overall Part 1 crime rate in the city of Palmdale saw a 5.84 percent decrease in 2015 from the previous year, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
At 246 crimes per 10,000 residents, Palmdale’s Part 1 crime rate stands at the lowest level in more than two decades, city officials announced. It has dropped 53 percent, from a rate of 467.71 in 1996 to the current 246 level.
“Embracing the concept of community policing, where law enforcement, city staff, businesses, and residents come together as partners has been very successful in Palmdale,” stated Palmdale Mayor, Jim Ledford. “The results speak for themselves.”
Part 1 crimes are serious crimes committed against people and property. The category includes homicide, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.
This marks the seventh consecutive year that Palmdale’s crime rate has been below 300 crimes per 10,000, a number that puts Palmdale in a category of having a reputation as a safe city.
In 2007, the city of Palmdale set a five-year goal to work with the Sheriff’s Department and the community and lower the crime rate below 300 by 2012. That goal was reached two years ahead of schedule.
When compared to 2014, homicides were down 22 percent, aggravated assault down 6 percent, burglary down 8 percent and larceny theft down 14 percent. Arson remained the same.
Areas that continue to be hot spots include grand theft auto, robbery, and rape (partially due to a change in the FBI’s classification of this crime).
There were 3,840 serious crimes in Palmdale in 2015, down from 4,078 in 2014.
“The crime reduction we have seen in the city of Palmdale is the result of a collaborative effort involving the Sheriff’s Department, city staff, community involvement, and the support of our local leaders,” stated Palmdale Sheriff’s Acting Captain, Dennis Kneer. “We will continue working together to make Palmdale a safer place for all of us.”
“We will continue to work hard with law enforcement, businesses, and our residents to drive the crime rate down,” stated Palmdale’s Director of Neighborhood Services, Mike Miller. “We are seeing some very positive results from the great work and programs being done throughout the city, including our Neighborhood Houses, Neighborhood and Business Watch, as well as working proactively with our community partners.”
A link to the Los Angeles County crime stats may be found at: http://shq.lasdnews.net/CrimeStats/LASDCrimeInfo.html.
For more information about the city of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Services department, call 661-267-5181.
The latest edition of “This is How We Roll, Palmdale” [see below] talks about the recent crime stats report.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]