Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Community Safety

Violence remains a challenge in Sacramento County.  Violent and property crimes have declined since the mid-2000’s, unfortunately, Sacramento County continues to fair substantially worse than statewide rates.


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Why is this important?

  • Crime is a major factor in people's perception of the desirability of a community.
  • The stigma of criminal behavior diminishes with increased exposure.  As a result, children raised in high crime areas are more likely to engage in criminal activities.

How are we doing?

  • Sacramento County has a violent crime rate of 5.2 and a property crime rate of 20.1 (per 1,000 residents).  Both are slightly higher than California overall.
  • Since its high in 2005, the number of property crimes reported in Sacramento County has declined by 30%, and the number of violent crime has declined by 23%.
  • Citrus Heights and the City of Sacramento both have property crime rates higher than the Sacramento County average (22.2 and 25.5)

School Safety

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Why is this important?

  • Sense of safety in schools contributes to a positive learning environment.

How are we doing?

  • Overall, there is a strong sense of safety in schools, with fewer than 10% of students reporting feeling “unsafe or very unsafe” at school.
  • Students who reported physical altercations such as being pushed or shoved, are afraid of being beaten up, or have been in a physical fight sometime in the last year reduce with age and grade level, however, those that reported seeing someone at school with a weapon remains constant at about 30%.

Data Source for Crimes Reported: California Department of Justice

Data Source for Perceptions of School Safety: California Healthy Kids Survey

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:07