Citrus Heights business district sees dramatic drop in crime.
The Sunrise Marketplace business district, made up of more than 400 businesses in the Sunrise-Greenback commercial corridor, has seen crime slashed in half in recent months.
Crime data from June 1-Sept. 21 provided to The Sentinel by police on Wednesday show “persons crimes,” which include homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, plummeted 58% compared to the same period last year. Data shows 12 such crimes occurring during that time period in 2019, while only five have occurred since June this year.
The data show property crimes are also down. Burglary, larceny and theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson dropped from 126 incidents in 2019 to 64 this year, a 49% decrease.
Police Lt. Chad Morris said a reduction in traffic in the area because of COVID-19 shutdowns has contributed to the drop in crime, but he also credited efforts of a new dedicated officer patrolling the area as a significant factor.
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This excerpt was taken with permission from the Citrus Heights Sentinel – September 27