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City is 4th Safest In U.S.

The City of Santa Clarita continues to grow, yet crimes per 1,000 persons are going down.

Based on the crime statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 2003 and 2004, Santa Clarita remains one of the safest cities in the nation. In fact, Santa Clarita’s ranking improved from the fifth to the fourth safest city, as compared with all cities in the United States.

“In reviewing Part One crime rates versus population nationwide, we were able to get a good look at where our City ranks. Despite a 3% increase in population in the last year, we have one of the lowest crime rates, with an average of only 21.22 crimes per 1,000 people. I believe that the working partnership among the City, the Sheriff’s Department, and the community is the key to our low crime rate,” commented Ken Pulskamp, City Manager.

In an effort to maintain the level of safety residents have come to expect, the City has announced funding for three additional Sheriff’s Deputies in the 2005-06 fiscal year budget. This will increase the City’s police presence and better enable the police to deal with crime. Last year, the City added two new motor deputies to handle traffic-related issues.

Despite a population increase of more than 40,000 people from 1994 to 2004, Part One crimes have seen a reduction during the same time period. In 1994, Santa Clarita saw 5,000 Part One crimes. In 2004, the City saw 3,000 Part One crimes.

“I think these statistics show a 10-year downward trend in major crimes; this is a trend we will work hard to continue,” Pulskamp added.

Other crime-preventative programs include: the Community Interaction Team, the COBRA Team, the Sheriff’s Deputies present on all junior and senior high school campuses, and the STAR elementary education program deputies. Each of these programs is also aimed at keeping the City’s crime rate low through prevention. Indeed, City officials credit the SCV Sheriff’s Department and the City of Santa Clarita’s proactive approach to dealing with crime-related issues as one of the reasons for the continued low crime rate.

City is 4th Safest In U.S.

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