I am pleased to report some good news regarding crime in Rohnert Park. Overall, Part two offenses, crimes such as fraud, vandalism, prostitution and drug crime declined by 4 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. This decline continues a long-term trend of low crime levels despite increases in our population. This is consistent with national trends.
Property crimes, a portion of the category called Part 1 crimes, were up 6 percent. Violent crimes were up 20 percent. The largest increase of 32 percent was in aggravated assault. We were again fortunate to have no homicides last year. Non-violent serious crimes were up 6 percent, including a 17 percent decline in burglary and 7 percent decline in motor vehicle thefts. Larceny crimes increased by 66 incidents over prior year totals - a 12 percent increase.
We saw an overall 4 percent decline in less serious, Part 2 crimes. We had ten more cases of embezzlement for a total of 10 (a 47 percent decrease from 19 in 2018). We saw substantial increases in DUIs (up 31 percent) as we devoted more resources to DUI enforcement. Stolen property was down 19 percent, vandalism decreased 7 percent and drug crimes decreased by two percent. For details on our crime statistics, please visit the Public Safety section of the City’s webpage, www.rpcity.org.
The amount of crime in a community is a reflection of many factors. While our dedicated public safety staff deserve much of the credit for our low rates, the city can’t do it alone. We value the partnership we have with our residents as the eyes and ears for safety. We encourage you to take precautions with your homes and vehicles. Call 911 whenever you see questionable activity. We sometimes hear of residents who see something suspicious but don’t want to bother us and that’s what we’re here for. So please do not hesitate to call if you’re thinking about it.
In Rohnert Park, we pride ourselves on community-oriented policing. Last year we held community meetings focused on public safety. We held meetings with the businesses on the west side of Highway 101. We hosted neighborhood meetings to provide information and hear suggestions on how residents can keep our community safe. I invite you to keep any eye out for upcoming announcements. Additionally, subscribing to Nixle, our texting service, will keep you informed on important public safety information. You can register at www.nixle.com.
Are you interested in assisting in the fight against Covid-19? The county is seeking contract tracers to help safely reopen our community. Applicants don’t need to have a professional health degree, but some health background is helpful. Contract Tracers will communicate by phone from home with individuals who are COVID-19 positive, presumptively positive, or who may have been exposed, to provide information and support throughout the 14-day quarantine period. Bilingual English/Spanish is highly desirable. The positions are for Community Health Worker CHW I and CHW II. For more information, go to www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org