Chico Police Department: Crime situation has become worse

Feb 25, 2015 7:04 PM by News Staff

Newly released statistics show crime in Chico is on the rise.

The Chico Police Department released the 2014 crime analysis report Wednesday, showing total crime in Chico up 22 percent.

In the report police say they cannot pinpoint one particular reason for the crime increase, but rather blame a combination of AB 109, Proposition 47, gangs, substance abuse, staffing, mental health challenges, socio-economic issues and a growth in the presence of poor behavior among some in the transient population.

Local law enforcement agencies, including the Chico Police Department, have seen a decrease in staffing levels, but say the Clean and Safe Staffing Plan is a start towards increasing staffing levels.

The report shows an increase in total crimes for the third straight year, and an alarming nine percent increase in violent crimes.

Geographically, the majority of crimes occurred in areas with a high student population, which is consistent with statistics from previous years. According to the report, crimes levels are high in the South Campus, and North Campus areas, however the report says homicide statistics are not included in the geographical report.

The newly implemented "Coplogic" on line-crime reporting system has been effective in collecting valuable information on property crimes, however it has significantly increased the city's overall crime rate.

Action News Now will bring you community reaction to the report tonight at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., as well as in-depth coverage of a Chico Police Department Press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

You can read the report in its entirety here.

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