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Homicides in Sacramento have dropped nearly 21% in 5 years, police data shows

Not all crime within Sacramento has gone down. Both sexual assaults cases and reported burglaries increased from 2018.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento police released crime statistics for 2019 showing a year-to-year drop in homicides and fatal car crashes within the city.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, the city is continuing to see a drop in homicides since 2015. Sacramento had 43 homicides in 2015 but only 34 homicides in 2019 — a nearly 21% decrease over five years.

Police credited not just the work of their officers, but the Sacramento community as well for the decrease in homicides.

"While this downward trend is a positive step in the right direction, there is still work to be done," Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said in a news release.

Sacramento police also said the number of fatal car crashes has also continued to decline. There were 31 fatal car crashes in 2019 and 37 in the previous year.

However, not all crime within Sacramento has gone down. The number of sexual assaults reported in Sacramento increased from 102 cases in 2018 to 127 in 2019.

Police said there were only two cases where the victim did not know the attacker.

Officials said 2019 had an increased number of burglaries reported from the previous year — 2,993 last year and 2,751 reported in 2018.

Sacramento had an increase in larceny reported in 2019, which includes petty theft, grand theft, shoplifting and vehicle break-ins. Vehicle break-ins were the most common form of larceny, officials said.

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