Lancaster crime rate continues downward trend

February 13, 2012 by  

The city of Lancaster is becoming a safer place to live with each passing year. The overall crime rate in Lancaster dropped 13 percent in 2011 from 2010, according to statistics provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD.) The 2011 figures break down to 260 crimes per 10,000 residents last year compared to 298.7 in 2010.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris commended all segments of the city for the steady reduction in criminal activity that began four years ago. In 2007, nearly 450 crimes occurred per 10,000 Lancaster citizens. Parris attributes much of the appreciable decline in crime to the dedication of the Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch groups that strive to preserve and improve the safety of the city.

Lancaster Sheriff’s Captain Robert Jonsen praised the department’s deputies for doing a superb job in reducing crime, noting that nearly 13,000 arrests were made in 2011. Three homicides were reported in 2011, down from eight the previous year.

Crime in Lancaster has declined steadily even as the city’s population has risen. Nearly 158,000 people called Lancaster home in 2011 compared to approximately 144,000 in 2007.

Would-be offenders might want to think long and hard before engaging in criminal activity in the city. Poster printing warning of Lancaster’s commitment to wiping out crime might help deter potential criminals from breaking the law.

The city’s concern over public safety goes beyond reducing crime, according to Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian. Bozigian says continuing to improve traffic safety for residents and visitors is just as important.