Lowest Crime Rate on Record in Santa Clarita
Figures Show a 20% Crime Rate Drop from 2017 to 2018
Crime rates are the lowest on record in Santa Clarita history, thanks to the hard work of deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. According to the numbers, part one crimes - which include homicide, rape, robbery, burglary and arson - have been reduced by 20% from 2017 to 2018. The figures indicate the lowest crime rate on record, surpassing numbers from 2014, which were the previous lowest crime stats on record in Santa Clarita.
“Since incorporation, one of the City’s top priorities has been the safety of residents. Santa Clarita has consistently been ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation, but we are always working with the sheriff’s department to ensure we stay vigilant and work together as a community to keep it that way,” says Mayor Marsha McLean.
Crime stats for 2018 have shown robberies are down 26%, burglaries are down more than 16%, grand theft autos are down 30% and assaults are down nearly 25%.
“This significant decrease in crime is extraordinary given the challenging environment for law enforcement created by recent legislation and initiatives. Assembly Bill 109 and Propositions 47 and 57 were intended to decrease the state prison population; however, the reality has been a rise in crime in communities across California,” says City Manager Ken Striplin.“Despite these new challenges, we’ve been able to tackle crime through proactive efforts, crime suppression operations and all-around dedication of our Sheriff’s Deputies,” says Captain Robert Lewis of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “We also heavily depend on the community to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious behavior. This partnership has played a major role in our effectiveness.”
Santa Clarita is home to a flourishing arts scene featuring public art pieces and youth arts education programs. The City administers an arts grants program and provides information and assistance to artists and cultural organizations through the New Heights: Artist Development Workshop. There are four, live theaters in Santa Clarita which regularly educate, entertain and enrich our community through a diverse blend of professional, educational and community programming. From popular musicians and classic plays to art galleries and historic tours, you will find it all in Santa Clarita.
The City of Santa Clarita takes pride in utilizing exhibition spaces to share the talented work of local art organizations, independent artists, and nationally recognized artists. Art galleries enrich our community by bringing new visitors to local exhibit spaces to experience art.
The City of Santa Clarita City Council and Arts Commission is proud to present the New Heights: Artist Development Workshops, which is designed to assist artists, performers, and arts organization representatives to expand their knowledge and to learn valuable tools to increase their ability to be successful. The series comprises workshops, panel discussions, and art trips that are designed to engage creative individuals, no matter what level of experience.
Public Art is a tool to add to the personality of a community, while also encouraging creative expression and discussion. Many of the Public Art projects are an opportunity for the community to be a part of the construction of the pieces, thus creating truly "public" art.
The City of Santa Clarita is committed to increase opportunities for students in the Santa Clarita Valley to participate in and be exposed to high quality arts experiences, while also increasing the awareness of the value the arts add to the community.