PALMDALE – With a 17.79 percent decrease in the number of Part I crimes reported in the first quarter of 2016, Palmdale’s overall crime rate has dropped to 211 crimes per 10,000 population — down from 2015’s overall rate of 246 and a phenomenal drop from 1996’s crime rate of 467.71, city and public safety officials announced Tuesday.
For February and March 2016, the city’s crime rate was below 200, city officials said, citing Los Angeles County crime stats (found here).
“The crime reduction that we have continued to experience in the city of Palmdale is a direct result of a sustained collaborative effort involving the sheriff’s department, city staff, community involvement, and the support of our local leadership,” stated Palmdale Sheriff’s Captain Dennis Kneer. “We will continue working as a team to make Palmdale a safer community for all.”
When compared to the first quarter of 2015, homicides were down 50 percent, aggravated assault down 20 percent, burglary down 39 percent, robbery down 18 percent, larceny theft down 8 percent and grand theft auto down 16 percent. Areas with increases were arson, up to 13 incidents over 11 the prior year quarter, and rapes, which increased by 25 percent (partially due to a change in the FBI’s classification of this crime). There were 832 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, down from 1,012 in the first quarter of 2015.
“Public safety is a top priority in Palmdale,” stated Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “We have a long tradition of working together in our city — staff, law enforcement and our residents — through cooperative efforts, partnerships, neighborhood and business watch groups and just being good neighbors. What we’re seeing today is the fruit of those efforts.”
“Our Neighborhood Services Team is continually working to deliver our public safety message to the community in partnership with the deputies, and we find that the residents are engaging with us in that effort,” stated Palmdale’s director of Neighborhood Services, Mike Miller. “Our goal is to get and keep our crime rate below the 200 threshold, and we will continue to work with law enforcement, residents and business to target areas that need improvement.”
“These kinds of results are something that makes Palmdale even more favorable to new business development,” stated City Manager Jim Purtee. “We’re partnering with the community and other agencies to create a dynamic package of strong fiscal management, affordable options for businesses and families, great schools, vibrant retail options and even lower crime than before.”
For more information on Palmdale’s neighborhood services department, call 661-267-5181.
A link to the Los Angeles County crime stats can be found at: http://shq.lasdnews.net/CrimeStats/LASDCrimeInfo.html.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]