In the 2012 Crime Report of the City of Chico released today by the Chico Police Department, the results of the department’s report revealed that “Crimes Against Persons” (Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Assault) rose by 7.4% during the 2012 calendar year, reversing a three year downward trend. The report also indicated “Crimes Against Property” (Burglary, Larceny, and Auto Thefts) also rose nearly 7%. The city also experienced a 19% decrease in total alcohol related crimes in 2012.
According to the report, when compared to national crime rates (2011 numbers being the latest available) Chico’s total violent crime numbers for 2012 were 9% below the national average. Despite the rise in violent crimes, the most dramatic increase was the number of burglaries, which rose 53% from 2011. Larcenies and auto thefts where the only two crime categories which decreased from the previous year.
Upon reviewing the numbers, the largest piece of the crime “pie” largely remains Crimes Against Property, specifically larceny despite falling below the 50% mark. Burglaries increased by about 9% since 2011.
The report also provided maps showing the location where most of these crimes occurred, the propensity of which are clustered in the areas of high student populations specifically the North and South Campus areas. The report also included a map of all alcohol related arrests/citations in Chico during 2012, which were predominately located in the South Campus and downtown areas. The city experienced a 19% decrease in total alcohol related crimes in 2012 ( The number of DUI arrests does not reflect those completed by CHP or the Butte County Sheriff's Office in, or around, the city limits).
A link to the Chico Police Department’s 2012 Crime Report for the City of Chico can be found below. http://www.ci.chico.ca.us/Police/documents/2012PartICrimesAnnual.pdf