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New Report Shows Chico Crime is Decreasing

The Chico Police Department has released new numbers on crime in Chico.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 4:41 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2018 7:31 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Police Department has released new numbers on crime in Chico. 

Thanks to a brand new records management system, Chico police were able to gather crime data from May through July of 2017 and compared it to May through July of 2018. 

 

 

"We have been monitoring crime stats for a while, so we wanted to pay attention this year," said Michael O'Brien, chief of the Chico Police Department. 

The report revealed that overall, crime has decreased by 34 percent. However, arrests and citations have increased by 42 percent. 

Although there are statistics to show that crime has decreased, Action News Now still receives calls almost everyday reporting certain crimes in the area. When asked how this correlates to the new data, O'Brien said that the department is still very aware of the crimes occurring in Chico. 

"I think it reflects what we have as far as data," he said. "This is not reflective of what we're saying, that we are done, that crime is not occurring. We know that's not the case. We have a lot of work to do." 

Action News Now reporter Laura Eng also interviewed some Chico residents to get their thoughts on the amount of crime in the city. 

"I noticed an incident where they had a criminal act and there were like five policeman there, bingo, and they took care of the situation," said Pete Cardoza, a Chico resident. 

However, other residents are not as convinced of the decrease in crime. 

"Sometimes going in Bidwell park, and I go everyday, but today, there's many homeless smoking marijuana," said Maria Ramarez, a Chico resident. "It's bad." 

Laura Eng is continuing to gather responses from the city of Chico. Stay with KHSL Channel 12 and actionnewsnow.com for the latest updates as they become available. 

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